Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Steve walks on hot coals to help fight meningitis

Andy Hopkinson | 3rd June 2022

There’s nothing our founder Steve Dayman won’t do to further the meningitis cause, and that includes walking across a bed of hot coals in his bare feet

Steve Dayman takes part in firewalk to help fight meningitis

But Steve wasn’t alone to take on this challenge at the Rainton Arena in Durham – there was lots of support as he was joined by about 50 other brave souls, including our volunteer Jo Adey and her family.

The event was held in memory of Jo and her husband Steve’s daughter Primrose, who died in 2019. It was raising funds for Spencer’s Legacy appeal and has so far raised about £3,000.

Spencer’s Legacy: Nobody Left Behind marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve and Gloria Dayman’s son Spencer and the start of the meningitis movement in the UK. It aims to raise £320,000 to fund research into a new and improved pneumococcal vaccine and to invest in developing future scientists by funding a 4-year PhD studentship at the Spencer Dayman Research Laboratories at the University of Bristol.

Primrose’s memory

A Forever Fund page in Primrose’s memory has already raised over £43,000 towards our ongoing work to defeat meningitis in the UK within a generation. 

Writing on it the family say: “The joy we felt from the moment she was born was only the start of the happiest days of our lives. Every day with Prim was a new and exciting adventure made even better by our gratitude for what we had been given and the excitement of what lay ahead for our family. 

“Primrose passed away one week before her 2nd birthday. We were utterly devastated by her loss, but as the days have passed we have been comforted by the beautiful memories and tributes of those around us. We are overwhelmed by the love and support of our family and friends.

“Our baby girl touched so many hearts and that will always be her legacy.”

If you’d like to take part in a challenge or other event to fight back against meningitis we have lots of events and ideas for you. Have a look at the events and ideas on our Fundraising pages.

Your efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.

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