Fundraiser kicks meningitis into touch

20th June 2019

One of our dedicated campaigners and fundraisers is looking to kick meningitis into touch with a charity day and football match later this month

Elliott and Gary football match fundraiser for Harper

Meon Milton Youth FC in Portsmouth has organised the family day for Elliott Spencer and us to mark the tenth anniversary of Elliott’s father Gary’s death from the devastating disease at the age of just 52, and to celebrate his young daughter Harper’s recovery from meningitis.

Harper was only 9 weeks old last August when she was admitted to hospital with suspected bacterial meningitis. Tests showed it was viral meningitis and Harper has gone on to make a good recovery.

Bad memories

Elliott, 28, of Copsey Grove, Portsmouth, said, “Harper’s illness brought back some bad memories for us all and this is why I strive to fundraise and make a difference."

“Meon Milton Youth FC has put on this annual charity game and fundraising day every year since my dad died. All the managers play, it’s a minimum of £10 to take part and there’s a presentation afterwards with a cup."

“It’s always an amazing day although even after 10 years I find it tough. He was a great dad, partner, son, brother, grandad and friend to us all. With it being 10 years since he passed this year is going to be extra special.” 

London Marathon

Elliott, who ran the London Marathon for us in April, raising £3,000, to add to £12,000 he’s already raised, added, “Meningitis Now does such great work raising awareness of this disease and supporting those who have been affected – please come along to our family day and support us to help kick meningitis off the park.”

The day is shared with the local Tom Prince Cancer Trust charity, who also stage a fundraising game in memory of one of their players who died from bone cancer aged 15. 

Elliott added, “They’re a charity close to my heart as well because my dad was a graphic designer and he designed their logo for them.”

Lots of other activities

Gates for the charity day open at the club’s grounds at Eastney Playing Fields (PO4 9DA) at midday on Sunday 30 June, with the two games kicking off at 2pm and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be lots of other activities taking place, including face painting, bar and barbecue, bouncy castle and raffle. Entrance is free.

If you’re in the area why not go along for what promises to be a great day out? Take your boots too, you may get a chance to make an impact from the subs’ bench!

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