Holly's Three Peaks Challenge to fight meningitis

18th June 2015

Another person taking on our Three Peaks Challenge to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 36 hours is Hull University student Holly Mitchell

Holly Mitchell

Holly, aged 21, from Peterborough, is taking part because her mum, Lynn, fell ill with meningitis and came close to dying in January last year.

Thankfully, Lynn survived, but the disease has left her with a legacy from which she’s still recovering. 

“My mother nearly died from meningitis last year so I’m really keen to raise awareness that it’s not just children who are affected by this disease,” Holly said.

“Survivors too are often left with a legacy of their illness and my mum is still living with the consequences, which include memory loss, exhaustion and constant migraines”, she added.

“I know she really wanted to be able to do this challenge herself, but unfortunately she’s still suffering from the effects of meningitis and so, to support her, I’m taking it on, on her behalf.” 

Holly will tackle the Three Peaks Challenge with her friend Collette Fisher, also 21 and a student at Hull. To support her, visit her Just Giving page

Incredible support

It’s the 15th year running that Meningitis Now has held the popular event to raise funds to fight back against the disease.  

“The support this charity offers is incredible”, Holly added. “I’d really like to help other families out there and I’d be grateful if you could help me help them too. Not only do Meningitis Now support people going through this but they actively carry out research to eradicate meningitis.”

“Let’s help keep this charity doing wonderful things.”

Those wishing to join Holly still have time to sign up to the challenge.

It’s the 15th year running that we’ve held our popular Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds to fight back against the disease.

The challenge, designed to push walkers to their limits and give them a real sense of achievement, takes place between 4 and 6 September, climbing the mountains of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

There’s more information or you can sign up here