Michelle steps out to beat meningitis

3rd February 2016

Bristol woman who lost her toes to meningitis is stepping out on a sponsored walk to say thank you to us for supporting her during her darkest days

Michelle A Harbourside letterbox
Michelle Atkinson is taking on our new five mile Bristol Harbourside Walk on Sunday 10 April.

Michelle contracted meningococcal septicaemia in May 2013 and was given a 25 per cent chance of survival.

She was in a coma for two weeks, spent three months in hospital and a further three months at home recovering. She was left with severe skin damage and lost her toes.

“Meningitis Now supported myself and my daughter Kira. We were given counselling, a support worker and just being able to pick up the phone and talk to someone if I was having a bad day was a huge support.” 

“This was a traumatic time in our lives and without help from this amazing charity I don’t think we would have come through it all so well.”

Michelle Atkinson

Michelle, who’ll be joined by her daughter Kira on the walk, hopes to raise £400. If you’d like to support her efforts you can sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Atkinson76

Scenic new walk

We’ve joined forces with bmi Regional to launch the scenic new walk, passing some of Bristol’s most vibrant attractions. 

The new annual event allows participants to take in the unique scenery of the area, starting at @Bristol, passing by the Avon Gorge Hotel and ending back at the Slug and Lettuce in Millennium Square.

Our founder ,Steve Dayman, who lost his baby son Spencer to meningitis in 1982, said:

“We’re really grateful to Michelle for taking on this walk and her support."

“This event will be a great day out for families and work colleagues, as well as keen hikers and runners looking to take on a new challenge.”  

“This new event will be a great way to mark our anniversary celebrations and I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge."

“I hope that lots of our supporters join Michelle and get on board, putting their best foot forward to raise lifesaving funds!”

Steve Dayman

Registration for the event is now open online at www.meningitisnow.org/harbourside or people can just turn up on the day.

Tickets cost £10 per adult, £5 for children and under-5s go free. A family ticket (four people) can be purchased for £25 and concessions cost £7.50. Dogs are welcome.

Bristol Harbouside Walk

bmi Bristol Harbourside Walk

Book your tickets now for this scenic walk Book here