Gung Ho for Meningitis Now

8th May 2018

Are you looking for your next fundraising challenge, or a fun activity to do with your friends or family? Then look no further, because Gung Ho is here!

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Gung Ho is a 5K inflatable fun run over obstacles including; ‘thriller’, ‘walking on the moon’, ‘welcome to the jungle’, ‘born slippy’, and ‘the wall’.

No matter what the weather, a fun time, and a smile on your face is guaranteed.

At the end of March, a team of brave Meningitis Now supporters took on the Gung Ho challenge at Wynard Hall, Durham. The team included 12-year-old Tilly, who contracted meningitis when she was 15 months old. Sadly, she lost the tips of her toes and had to have both hands amputated.

Due to further corrective surgery on her legs, the Gung Ho challenge was the last time that Tilly would be able to run for a while. She had a great day, despite the wind and rain, and the team smashed their £300 target, and have so far raised an incredible £16,595!

Tilly’s mum Sarah Lockey, Community Fundraiser at Meningitis Now said: “If you’ve been inspired by Tilly’s determination to succeed and not give up, despite the daily pain she is in; please consider taking part in a Gung Ho event near you, and raising money for Meningitis Now.”

“We really want people to run for their own stories and loved ones, or alternatively just because you want to support people who have had their lives changed because of this terrible disease.”

Gung Ho is a great event that is suitable for the whole family, and the best bit is - you don’t need to be super fit to do it!

Here’s what Tilly and members of her Gung Ho team had to say about their experience:

“It is so much fun! The rain and mud made it even more the challenge, but I was so proud of myself at the end. I’m grateful that I survived meningitis – even if I have no hands or toes. I’m happy to do a fun challenge like this and help make a difference to others” – Tilly Lockey.

“A challenge, a laugh - but all for a great cause. An effort of one person multiplied by millions could change the future.” – Brandon Hicks.

“Amazing day with family and friends supporting Tilly for Meningitis Now. Well done to everyone involved” – Ann-Marie Allan.

“This event just shows you that if you have the right team behind you, helping you along the way, you will achieve it” – Adam Lockey.

“I’ve never been one for sponsored events - truth is I’ve always felt awkward about asking others for money! One of my own children faced life-saving surgery as a baby, that no-one could have done anything about. But here’s the thing - there’s a vaccine now that can protect against certain strains of meningitis - which we are fighting for to be given to all children.” 

“We had the most inspiring of survivors to keep up with on this family challenge. We ran in knee deep mud and sleet (not what we imagined when we saw the sunny advert!) - and yet I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Please sign up to this challenge for your own reasons, and let’s fight meningitis together!” – Sharon Willis

There are Gung Ho events happening at various locations up and down the country throughout 2018 and 2019. Visit to find your nearest event and start fundraising for Meningitis Now.