Over two marathons in just 24 hours

11th April 2016

Supporter Craig Nelson challenged himself to cover the distance of two-and-a-half marathons in less than 24 hours to raise money for us, and the dedicated fundraiser smashed the challenge

Craig Nelson

Craig completed the 100km route from his home in Tingewick, Buckinghamshire to our head office in Stroud overnight on Wednesday/Thursday last week – and arrived looking as fresh as a daisy to be greeted by his son Cooper and support driver Pippa.

His efforts raised over £1,100 for our ongoing work. 

In memory of victims

Craig’s challenge was in memory of two meningitis victims, Emily Styles and James Johnson, whose stories inspired him.

James, the son of our Community Ambassadors Bob and Barbara Johnson, of Southend-On-Sea was just 15 when he died of Men B 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, Men B also took Emily's life in a matter of hours. 

“Although I did not know James or Emily, hearing about their stories really struck a chord with me and I wanted to raise as much money as possible in their honour,” Craig said.

“I cannot begin to imagine 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 who has already supported me.”

“I came up with the idea of running to Stroud when attending the Christmas Concert in Gloucester Cathedral. 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.”

Benefitted my health and fitness

“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!” 

Leah Wynn, Meningitis Now’s Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re really grateful to Craig, who has done so much for us as a fundraiser and volunteer over the past year. He is so passionate about the charity. Craig and those like him enable us to continue our lifesaving and life-changing work. Without this kind of support we would not exist, so I would like to say a huge thank you to Craig and all those who have supported him.”