Steve and Barry are raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation by running 54 miles and have set a target of £5000. The reason behind this is that Barry was working in Speke in October 2010 and received a call from his wife to say that their four week old baby had been admitted to hospital with suspected Meningitis. Barry then had the agonising journey to get home to be with his wife and baby boy. Their boy Callum was diagnosed with meningitis and during the night things were touch and go. With the amazing work of the doctors and nurses Callum started to make a full recovery.
The 54 mile run recreates Barry's mercy dash to Newry hospital from Speke, and the plan is to run:
Day 1 - Speke - Birkenhead docks to get overnight ferry to Belfast (12 miles)
Day 2 - Belfast docks to Dromore (19 miles)
Day 3 - Drome to Newry (23 miles)
The run is taking place during a Meningitis Awareness Week and they are hoping to gain significant media coverage which will support the national awareness week. Locally, the press have already shown an interest and there has already been significant donations. The impact on the community will be one of heightened awareness and the money raised will have a significant impact in fighting this terrible disease. The story is a heart-warming one, especially as Callum went on to make a full recovery, and this fundraising is hoping to improve the chances of recovery for as many children as possible.