Janet McCall, from Little Lever, near Bolton, was inspired to arrange the event for us by the story of her friend Louise Done, from Bolton, who lost her baby son Harry to the disease.
She set herself a fundraising target of £1,000 but thanks to the generosity of local people, who donated and sponsored riders, and the Market Street Tavern in Stoneclough, who laid on food and entertainment for those taking part, she has reached a total of £1,071.80.
“I’m delighted to beat my target” Janet said “and would like to thank everyone who took part and contributed towards Meningitis Now’s lifesaving and life-changing work.”
“In particular, can I thank Gemma Hewitt, Kirsty Cross, Hannah Cross, Ella Tebay, Lucy Kenyon, Megan Anderson, Lucy Hardman, Chloe Murphy and Rachael Temperate for raising so much in sponsorship and everyone at the Tavern, of course.”
As well as raising vital funds the event also helped to raise valuable awareness – something Louise Done has campaigned for since Harry’s death in 2015. The ride and walk took place in early July from Harper Fold Farm in Lavender Street, Radcliffe and followed bridlepaths to local communities around the area.
It culminated at the Market Street Tavern in Stoneclough, who laid on food and entertainment for those taking part.
Tracey Lee, our Community Fundraising Manager, said: “We’d like to thank Janet and everyone involved with this event. Their efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”