Effie's inspirational efforts

26th July 2018

The latest sign up to our new virtual event – Jog On Meningitis – is also our youngest

Effie Jog On

Five-year-old Effie Bowman, from Church Gresley in Derbyshire, was inspired to take on the challenge after meeting our supporter Russ Fisher at an awards event. Russ and his wife Kerry lost their baby daughter Rubie to meningitis in 2015 and have raised awareness and funds for us ever since.

Now Effie, who is already a seasoned charity fundraiser, having previously undertaken a mini-triathlon last August and slept rough for one night as part of the YMCA sleep-out in November, will take on our 50km challenge in 50 days.

Find a cure

“I want to help get money to help find a cure so no one gets it anymore,” Effie said.

In fact she’s already well into it, having been jogging away nearly every day since breaking up from school. Mum, Donna Reid, who is also taking on the challenge, said, “Effie is loving it. At the rate she’s going she’ll have finished it in 28 days!"

“My little boy has been joining us on his balance bike and running a little at the end too – they really want to help to raise money."

Fundraising target

Experienced runner Effie, who regularly takes part in junior parkruns in the area, has set herself the target of raising at least £110.

Donna, whose work as a clinical neuropsychologist sees her helping those fighting back from meningitis, had already signed up for the challenge before the family met up with Russ at the Burton Mail Heroes Awards recently.

“I thought it was a good chance for a fitness boost,” she said “and to get back out running and raise some money.”

Little star!

Community fundraiser Carrie Bater, who’s looking after Jog On Meningitis for us, said, “It’s lovely that Effie is doing this for us and enjoying it so much – what a star she is. I’m sure she’ll inspire lots of other youngsters to have a go."

“Her efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it – thank you both for the support Effie and Donna.” 

If you’re inspired by Effie’s efforts and want to  grab your trainers and run, walk or jog 50km over 50 days, raise £50 and help us to save lives and rebuild futures then you can find out more on our Jog On Meningitis page and sign up here