Setting the pace for Meningitis Now

7th March 2016

Craig Nelson, of Tingewic, is embarking on a 100km endurance run for us

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Craig will be challenging himself to run the distance of two and a half marathons in less than 24 hours in a bid to raise £1000 for us.

He is taking on the 65 mile stretch in memory of Emily Styles and James Johnson, whose stories have inspired him to support Meningitis Now.

James, of Southend-On-Sea was just 15 when he died of MenB in 1991. Emily, 19, of Buckingham, sadly passed away on New Year's Day 2014, after falling ill very suddenly on New Year's Eve morning. Like James, MenB also took Emily's life in a number of hours. 

“Although I did not know James or Emily, hearing about their stories really struck a chord with me and I would like to raise as much money as possible in their honour. I cannot begin to image what their families, and so many others across the UK, go through."

“Having never done anything like this in the past I find fundraising for Meningitis Now a very humbling experience. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has already supported me, including my employers and sponsors - Aventus Law, Tony Redondo at Torfx, Ben at Macintyers Estate agents, The Emily Styles Memorial Fund and The White Hart."

“I came up with the idea of running to Stroud when attending the Christmas festival in Stroud Cathedral as a Meningitis Now Ambassador. I realised the connection between the Styles family and the Meningitis Now office was a mere 100km. It seemed a good idea at the time and I have been training for it ever since."

“As well as raising money for a fantastic charity, helping thousands of people affected by meningitis in the UK, it has also benefitted my health and fitness enormously. After losing in excess of four stone I have never felt better!”

Craig Nelson

Craig will be setting off on his 100km journey at The White Hart in Buckingham on Thursday 7 April 2016 and running over 24 hours until he reaches the finish line at the Meningitis Now office in Stroud on Friday 8th April. 

“Craig has done so much for us as a fundraiser and volunteer over the past year, and he is so passionate about the charity."

“People like Craig enable us to continue the lifesaving work we do. Without this kind of support Meningitis Now would not exist, so I would like to say a huge thank you to Craig and all those who have supported him.”

Leah Wynn, Community Fundraiser

If you would like to sponsor Craig on his journey, please visit

Read Emily's story here

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