Running for Meningitis Now

31st July 2018

Mary Connolly from Northumberland, joined Team Tangerine last year at the Great North Run

Mary GNR

Here, she tells us why she chose to support Meningitis Now, and why you should too!

"For many years I wanted to take part in the most well-known half marathon in the UK – so, I decided to do the Great North Run four days before I turned 30!"

"I chose Meningitis Now to help raise awareness and funds for a charity dedicated to helping those affected by meningitis."

"Meningitis Now are the first meningitis patient group in the world, founders of the meningitis movement and the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK."

"As a health professional myself and not directly affected by meningitis, I have always been aware of the terrible implications of this illness, and wanted to try and raise awareness amongst friends and colleagues."

"I was pleased to carry out a local cake sale for students at Newcastle University, whilst also raising awareness of meningitis. From the cake sale and my many sponsors, I raised over £400!"

"The Events Fundraiser at Meningitis Now sent me information and ideas to help promote the charity, and was very friendly and approachable."

"The event was exhausting, fun, exhilarating and inspiring. I was proud to be running for Meningitis Now and would encourage anyone in the future to run for this charity - especially as they offered me a professional massage after the run to ease my aching muscles!"

If you or someone you know has already got a place at this year’s Great North Run, why not raise money for Meningitis Now?

Visit our Simplyhealth Great North Run web page and join our team!

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