Speaking with Meningitis Now, Nicky and Rob Allan spoke of how wonderful their mother Margaret was and how much she meant to the many people around her.
"Mum was the most supportive, selfless person. She was always there for us at the drop of a hat", Rob said.
His sister Nicky, who is running a 60 mile ultra marathon this year for what would have been Margaret’s 60th birthday, continued, "She was just an amazing woman with a passion for her family and friends."
"She always had a sparkle about her, both in her personality but also in her outfits - they would always include a bit of bling."
Sadly Margaret passed away from meningitis in May 2013. She was feeling unwell with what was thought to be an ear infection and sickness. Her family rushed her to Kettering General Hospital but unfortunately she passed away after just 48 hours.
"It was super quick and a hell of a shock how fast it all happened. We never thought in a million years what would unfold over those few hours."
Both Nicky and Rob were aware of the disease but did not anticipate its severity or rapidity.
Margaret worked at a local school, Hazel Leys in Corby, where both the staff and pupils valued her greatly. They closed the school on the day of Margaret’s funeral as all the staff wanted to be present and celebrate her life and legacy.
"Her death brought such a massive void to so many peoples lives. Especially the children at the school - they missed her terribly."
Looking forward, Rob and Nicky describe themselves as not your typical ‘fitness fundraisers’, often training for big runs or events by cycling and making a few pub stops on the way. Along with Nicky’s 60 miles for Margaret’s 60th, Rob is taking part in a 70.3 half iron distance triathlon, both wanting to raise awareness and much needed funds for Meningitis Now.
"It is mind over matter for us. I think we inherited a resilient attitude from our parents. Fundraising allowed us to focus our efforts on something positive. We wanted our actions to make mum proud and continue her vibrant legacy."
Rob and Nicky have set up a Much Loved page in Margaret's memory; visit it here.