1 January 2014Fenland Paralympic star Jonnie Peacock leading battle against meningitis
Doddington Paralympic Gold medallist and World Champion sprinter Jonnie Peacock is urging people to support a charity close to his heart.
Peacock lost his right leg below the knee when he was five years old after contracting group B meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in October 1998.
He is a patron of Meningitis Research Foundation, which is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The charity supports families affected by the disease, promotes awareness and has invested more than £17m in research to encourage more vaccines.
Peacock said: “Meningitis Research Foundation has made a real difference to people’s lives over 25 years and I want to make sure it can continue it’s work for another 25 years.
“So if you make only one new year’s resolution, make a commitment to donate or fundraise for this charity.
“There are lots of ways you can support us from taking part in a 25th Anniversary Walk, signing up to run with us at events across the UK or taking part in cycle rides. Please do whatever you can to help.”
For more information about the charity go to www.meningitis.org