Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

William smashes his marathon target for Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 7th June 2021

The thumbs up and broad smile says it all. A huge well done to young William, who has finished his marathon in May and absolutely smashed his fundraising target

William smashes marathon target for Meningitis Now

Proud mum and dad Becky and Craig told us: “William finished his marathon on Saturday, covering 31.9 miles and raising a whopping £5,692.05.

“What a journey it’s been. His quiz night was a huge success too and everyone has been behind him 100 per cent.

“We are extremely proud of what he has achieved and the welcome home from our village was amazing.”

Meningitis as a baby

Five-year-old William, from Grantham, who had meningitis as a baby, planned to walk and cycle 26 miles in May.

Becky told us, “William had meningitis as a baby, and thanks to our wonderful GP for acting so quickly he came through it and is now loving life.

“He loves the great outdoors and enjoys his adventures so we thought that we would combine the two and give something back.”

Started coughing

Becky added: “William is our only child and so when he started coughing we just assumed he was getting a cold. But when he couldn’t lay down we started to get concerned that something didn’t seem right and took him to the doctor where the GP told us to take him straight to hospital.”

It was only as the family arrived at Peterborough City Hospital that William started developing a rash over his body and became lifeless.

He spent the next two weeks in hospital with his family by his side.

Rebecca added: “He literally fought every second. We just spent the days hoping he would pull through. It was a really difficult time but our family rallied around to support us.”

Recorded the distance

His mum and dad accompanied him on his walks and cycle rides. Together they also walked part of the way to school each morning and recorded the distance on their activity tracker watches.

Leah Wynn, our Fundraising Officer, said, “Well done William, and thank you Rebecca and Craig and everyone who supported William’s marathon efforts – what a fantastic amount you raised!

“Your generosity in raising these vital funds 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.”