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Courageous colleague heading to the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the Meningitis Trust

By Denise Allen - 02 September 2012

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Boston’s story:

I lost my best friend Jodie in April 2010, aged just 17. After feeling unwell and showing no sign of improvement she went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis. As viral meningitis has a 98% survival rate they were almost certain she would make a full recovery. Unfortunately she took a turn for the worse and her health rapidly deteriorated. Sadly in under week it got the better of her. Shortly after her passing her parents made the strong decision to donate her organs, which incredibly managed to save 4 people’s lives!

Since her passing my friends and I have worked closely with Jodie’s family to organise various fundraising events. We have so far raised over £40,000 for different Meningitis charities, including over £35,000 in her tribute fund for the Meningitis Trust.

In October myself and Jodie’s dad will be off to the Far East to trek the Great Wall of China. This will take approximately 35 hours to walk over 6 days and I’m sure it will be another incredible experience. The most important thing though is that we will be raising much more money in Jodie’s memory and continue with our overall goal of making her proud!

This time we will be raising money for the Meningitis Trust (in Jodie’s Tribute Fund), which is a charity that gives lifelong financial, social and health support to those that have, or have had, Meningitis. As such a helpful and giving person herself, supporting others is just what Jodie would’ve wanted!

I am pleased to report that training is going well. We went for a training weekend at the beginning of July at the Brecon Beacons, Wales, walking for over 6 hours in the pouring rain. I ached a lot the next day but I’m determined we will conquer the challenge.


We will of course keep you updated with how the trek went and should you like to sponsor Boston this can be done through www.justgiving.com/bostonchinatrek. So far he and Jodie’s father have raised an incredible £11,640 for this trek and are hoping to raise over £12,000.

From all at Beresfords…good luck Boston!