Fruitful fundraising

14th May 2019

You may remember a story a few weeks ago about one of our supporters, Betsy Bowman Hood, who was planning to walk across Bristol dressed as a banana to raise money for Meningitis Now

Betsy Banana Bristol fundraising walk

The good news is – she didn’t slip up!

Not only did Betsy complete her walk, she also raised a fantastic £1,051 (and counting!) for us. And after seeing the a-peel of fundraising, Betsy has decided she wants to do more to help the charity and has recently joined us as a new volunteer.

Betsy organised her epic event in honour of her friend Becca Heritage, a Southampton student who contracted meningitis in November last year. She told us she had been joined by her boyfriend and six friends, all who had made a great effort with their own costumes.

“We all set off from city centre at about 12pm and luckily the weather was nice and sunny!” she said.

“It was great fun walking to the Suspension Bridge via Park Street and Clifton Village because people found it hilarious us all dressed up - they thought we were on a stag do or something so it was lucky that we had the Meningitis Now money collecting pots to show we were doing it for charity!"

“My friends were great at getting donations and everyone was super friendly along the way."

“Loads of people were very generous and asking about why we were doing the walk, and a lot of children seemed to either be laughing at us or a bit scared that a giant banana was following them! 

“All in all it was a great day and I think a really fun way to raise money and it meant it was accessible for those who don’t exercise much (i.e. me haha!).”

Thank you to Betsy the Banana and her student friends – your fundraising event was certainly a fruitful one!

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