A family struck by meningitis are buckling up their cycling helmets to help raise vital funds for us
Louise Milroy, of Nottingham, is taking on the challenge with her husband after their daughter, Bella, contracted meningitis in 2012.
“My husband and I are taking part in the Prudential Ride London 2016 for Meningitis Now and are aiming to raise at least £1,000 to support the crucial work they do to secure a future free from meningitis and to provide the support everyone affected needs.
“We also want to make more people aware of what meningitis is, how to recognise its symptoms and the help people need to recover.”
Bella, then 21, was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre, faced with a disease that would change her life.
“Although we have all heard of meningitis, most people don’t have to deal with it first-hand. But if you’re unlucky enough to be faced with this terrible disease, it completely changes your life."
“We understand what it takes to live through diagnosis, treatment and a long road of recovery - the impact of meningitis has changed and limited the basics of daily life."
“The support provided by Meningitis Now has been crucial for Bella and all of us. The charity has been her source of expert advice, emotional support and encouragement as well as providing her with some of the practical financial support she has needed to help her regain her health and wellbeing. She is an inspiration to us all. It is all thanks to the work of Meningitis Now!”
Louise will join 25,000 eager cyclists as she takes on the 2016 Prudential Ride London, passing some of London’s most celebrated landmarks before travelling through the beautiful Surrey countryside.
“This is such a fantastic route, which has been cemented by cycling champions in the 2012 Olympics and all our participants get a real buzz from it year-on-year."
“The ride is perfect for individuals or teams, so you can get together to train, compete or convoy with your friends, family and colleagues."
“We only have a handful of places left so participants wanting to take part for us need to get in quickly!”
Rachel Oakley, Events Fundraiser
Entry for the event is £50 but we are offering a discounted £25 (non-refundable) entry rate to participants signing up before the end of February.
Participants must be 18 years or over on race day, and you need to provide a bike.
By taking one of these places, you pledge to raise a minimum of £500.