Twelve months of madness to fight meningitis

27th March 2015

An Alfreton man has taken on ’12 months of madness’ to say thank you for his daughter’s recovery from meningitis

Chris frost

Chris Frost saw his two-year-old daughter Bella in and out of hospital five times before she finally conquered the killer disease and he is now determined to raise awareness and funds for us, to say thank you for our support throughout the family’s ordeal.

Chris, 30, said: “Now Bella is recovering from meningitis we are very passionate about fundraising to help people who have suffered from this disease and also to support Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! vaccine campaign, so other children don’t have to suffer like Bella did.”

Each month Chris is undertaking a challenge event. So far he has completed a 10 mile assault course known as ‘the beast’ and a duathlon, comprising a 26 mile bike ride sandwiched by 10k and 5k runs. The next challenge is the Derby 10k on 19 April, followed by ‘the outlaw’ half ironman on 31 May in Nottingham".

Fifth visit to hospital

"Bella became ill last December. Mum Cherry said: “It was a normal day and Bella had been playing happily until, at teatime she started whimpering. She felt very warm and she started shaking and her hands were freezing.”

It was only on the family’s fifth visit to hospital that Bella’s illness was finally diagnosed. “It destroyed us to know that she had been suffering for so long”, Cherry said, “but Bella responded really well to treatment.” The family had the best Christmas present they could wish for when, for the first time in two weeks, Bella was able to sit up in her hospital bed and smile on Christmas Day.

Cherry added: “Fast forward three months and Bella has recovered really well, although we have recently found out she has lost her hearing in her right ear. But she has adapted and it doesn’t seem to be holding her back.”

We’re really grateful to Chris and Cherry for their support, and wish them well for a successful series of events.

To support Chris in his challenges visit his Just Giving page

Read more on Bella’s story here