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York Man Doing Charity Coast to Coast Walk

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6:01am 3rd May 2013

Mark Thompson, 45, from York will tackle a Coast-to-Coast walk this May to raise money for the Meningitis Trust and is calling upon your support.

Mark will walk from one side of the country to the other in 10 days. The walk, first described by Alfred Wainwright, stretches 190 miles from St Bees Head in Lancashire to Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast.

Asked why he signed up to the challenge, Mark said: “I know how meningitis can affect someone, as my stepdaughter, Holly, 18, contracted meningitis over New Year. Holly currently has some nerve damage and concentration problems, but doctors believe she’ll make a full recovery. Taking part in the challenge is my way of giving to a charity that provides tremendous support families like mine.”

Shelagh Hopkinson, the Meningitis Trust’s community fundraiser for North Yorkshire, is full of praise for his efforts. “We’re really grateful to Mark”, she says. “As a charity, which receives no public funding, we’re entirely reliant on the energy, enthusiasm and initiative of our supporters to raise the £8,000 we need each and every day to support those, like Holly, battling their way back after meningitis.”

Mark will take part in the challenge on 3 May. If you would like to help him raise money, please sponsor him at http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Thompson67

The Meningitis Trust supports people as they face life after meningitis. It provides the widest range of free services and community-based support for those affected by meningitis across the UK, raising awareness of the disease and funding research into its long-term impact.

To find out more about meningitis and the work of the Trust visit www.meningitis-trust.org

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