Follow in Becky's footsteps

5th January 2018

A Derbyshire mum who took on last year’s Great North Run to raise awareness of meningitis is hoping to take on the challenge again this year and encouraging others to give it a go

Becky GNR

Becky Moran, 27, of Dronfield, wanted to take part in a run to raise money for us after her baby boy Jacob became ill at just 13 days old in 2015. 

The mum of two picked the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run. “I’d 100% recommend this run over other smaller runs I’ve done,” Becky said, “It was just so well organised. On the day I was really nervous but my brother has done it a few times and said I’d be fine."

Support was incredible 

“The amount of support was incredible! At every part of the run there were people cheering you on. Having that support there I forgot I was running at times."

“There were also bands playing as you go around. It was brilliant. The support just carries you to the finish line. And when you see the sea you know you’re nearly there."

“For people who think they can’t do it, you can. For people that think you need to be able to run that distance before the day, you don’t,” Becky added.

Vital fundraising

Becky, a paraplanner, was joined by her husband Antony, a product and governance manager with Aviva, for the run. Their efforts helped to raise over £550 plus a further £300 contribution from Aviva towards our vital lifesaving and life-changing work.

Becky’s meningitis story started when Jacob was just 13 days old. He developed a high temperature and then had a series of seizures. “I just thought it was from a bug and that the temperature had caused the seizures,” Becky said. “However, we ended up at an out of hours doctor around 2am who sent us straight to the children's ward at Chesterfield Hospital.” 

Jacob had a lumbar puncture and blood tests and the results showed he had contracted meningitis.

The longest week

“I was not expecting the results to be meningitis,” Becky said. “We had to wait to see if it was bacterial meningitis or viral - that week was the longest week of my life."

Jacob was confirmed with viral meningitis and after a week in hospital had made a good recovery and was allowed home. 

“He is now two-and-a-half-years-old and is such a cheeky chap,” Becky added. “We were so lucky that he got the treatment he needed; lots of children aren't that lucky.” 

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