Hovercraft on its travels

22nd December 2018

A special tribute to a much-loved son who died from meningitis is setting off on its travels

Hovercraft fundraiser

Family and friends of Sam Virgo, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, who sadly died from meningitis in March 2008 aged just 2, have launched a trackable geocache in his memory.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called ‘geocaches’, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

Sam’s mother Suzanne, who with family, friends and her local community has raised an amazing £157,000 towards our ongoing work since Sam’s untimely death, has long wanted to release a travel bug in Sam’s memory.

Trackable travel bug released

Now, with the support of her geocaching friend, Pete Stump, the time has finally arrived and the trackable travel bug was released on 15 December – Sam’s birthday – on Sarah’s Field in Berkeley, where about 20 family and friends gathered to mark the occasion. It has already begun its travels.

The cache features a Matchbox SRN6 hovercraft in our distinctive bright orange colours, which Pete prepared for Suzanne as a birthday present earlier this year. Sam, even at the age of 2, loved to watch his elder cousin racing single-seat hovercrafts.

Suzanne said: “Please move this trackable on so we can send the memory of Sam on travels that he was never able to experience, along with raising awareness of this devastating disease and the fantastic work that Meningitis Now is doing.”

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Suzanne added: “It’s important that Sam’s name lives on and that something positive comes from our tragedy – we want meningitis gone.” 

Family and friends hold annual memorial walks and rounders fun days. Other fundraisers have included marathons, mud runs, skydives, abseils and even a saucy calendar. 

Beth Bottrill, our Fundraising Director, said: “What a lovely thing to do in Sam’s memory and I hope he gets to visit lots of lovely places, both in the south west and further afield. I look forward to following his adventures as his journey continues.”

Follow the progress of Sam’s travel bug as it continues its journey.