Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Henry's Project Tangerine for 2022

Andy Hopkinson | 5th February 2022

For most people one challenge a year is usually enough, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for super supporter Henry

Henry Galligan - Project Tangerine for Meningitis Now

Henry, 25, brother of our fabulous Celebrity Ambassador and England rugby international Rosie Galligan, has developed Project Tangerine for 2022. He spent a couple of weeks identifying, planning and entering races, events and expeditions across different disciplines – running, hiking, cycling and multi-sport – and now he’s in training to make it all happen and to raise a fabulous £5,000 to help us fight back against meningitis.

As it stands, Henry’s Project Tangerine includes two ultra-marathons, an 80-mile hike, a sprint triathlon and the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride. But the rugby-mad consultant at Accenture Interactive also plans to throw a few surprises in along the way. 

In total, his challenges will cover over 1,900km of distance and a hefty amount of elevation.

Henry told us: “I have always been someone that loves a personal challenge. Last year I completed my first ultra-marathon with a good friend, my first triathlon at Blenheim and a few half-marathons to top it off. I also cycled a virtual London to Paris, raising over £500 for the Tribe Foundation, which was a very rewarding experience.

Henry Galligan - Project Tangerine for Meningitis Now

“This year, I wanted to go bigger and better, both in terms of the challenges I take on and the fundraiser. Rosie and I had a good chat about creating a personal project, and both agreed that this could create a fantastic platform to raise awareness and fundraising for Meningitis Now.” 

Rosie’s meningitis experience

Henry is keen to support our ongoing lifesaving and life-changing work following his sister Rosie’s recovery from meningitis. 

He said “Back in September 2019, my sister Rosie became very poorly, very quickly. I was on holiday in Greece at the time, but I remember my dad going to pick her up as she was being sick, experiencing intense pain throughout her body, and had lost the ability to walk. 

“The next I heard, she was on her way to hospital in an ambulance – as soon as she arrived, the medics immediately recognised her symptoms as meningitis, confirmed by multiple scans and a lumbar puncture. 

“Thanks to the amazing care she received at Maidstone Hospital over a 10-day stretch, she made a full recovery! 

“Subsequently she was asked to be an ambassador for Meningitis Now. It has been great to see first-hand the amazing work that they do for individuals and their families, who unfortunately are not quite as lucky as Rosie and my family. Their mission to ensure no-one in the UK loses their life to meningitis is inspirational, and I’m really looking forward to be able to support them through my fundraiser.” 

Shared sense of accomplishment

Henry is finding the whole process really enjoyable so far. “It’s amazing to have such great support from family, friends and colleagues as I embark on this journey,” he added. “One of the things I am most excited about is taking on these challenges with other people – the shared sense of accomplishment is super powerful in my opinion. 

“I am walking 80 miles of the South West Coast Path with my girlfriend, Anna, and completing the Ride Across Britain with a group of friends (shout-out Geo and Tessa) who are fundraising for other causes important to them. I’m sure we’ll create some amazing memories and meet some great people along the way.”

Henry Galligan - Project Tangerine for Meningitis Now

Love being outdoors

The passionate sportsman, currently pushing for promotion with rugby club Sevenoaks in the National 3 South East league, is also looking forward to finding his training rhythm. 

“I love being outdoors, and this is a great excuse to spend loads of time walking, exploring, running and cycling around London and the countryside. As for the events, I will be exploring some of the most rural and beautiful parts of the UK, whether that’s a trek along the Cornish coast, running through the Scottish Highlands and Yorkshire Dales, or covering the length of Britain on RAB. 

“Despite how my body may be feeling at the time, I am absolutely buzzing to get out there.”

Support or sponsor Henry

Henry will be keeping people updated on his progress on social media, and hopes to use as many channels as possible to increase his reach and raise as much money as possible from his series of challenges. 

“I am also planning to run a raffle with some great prizes to be announced, and I will be reaching out to small businesses to sponsor me. In return for supporting a great cause, I can rep their company logos or colours alongside Meningitis Now throughout training and the events. 

“Do reach out if you’d be interested in supporting me, I’d massively appreciate it.”

You can support Henry on his fundraising page - or to get in touch please initially contact katherineh@meningitisnow.org.

Not to be outdone, sister Rosie is also planning her own challenge this year, taking on the London Landmarks Half Marathon in April with mum Holly. Watch this space for more on this.

Many thanks to all the family for their incredible support and wishing them all good luck with their training and challenges.

Henry and Rosie Galligan - Project Tangerine for Meningitis Now

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