Meningitis played on my mind for a while after that and I started looking into it more.
When I saw that there would be a team in the Great North Run 2016 I jumped at the opportunity and filled in the forms. A few weeks later I heard I got accepted. #fantastic. I was made up and excited. Not only did I want to run on behalf of Meningitis Now but I also wanted to give something back, so I joined up to become a volunteer.
Within a few weeks of receiving my fundraising package I signed up to do a 5k Santa Run but I added a twist to it.... I was dressed in a Santa outfit with a Meningitis Now T-shirt with an orange tutu on.
My first volunteering event took place 169 miles away from home - a rebuilding futures day at Blackpool Zoo. I was very excited but nervous at the same time. The day consisted of crafts and a walk around the zoo, which was educational in many ways - especially in the way how some of the children have adapted and get around living their life as normal as possible. Overall it was a fantastic day and I’m grateful to have been part of it.