Glenn Worth, Head of IT and Digital Communications at BHIB Insurance Brokers based in Leicester, has set himself the immense challenge of competing in the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April to raise funds for the charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Glenn (44) said: “I chose to run the marathon for MRF because when I was a very young child I was seriously ill with meningococcal meningitis. It very nearly claimed my life.
“Luckily, thanks to the sterling medical treatment I received, I made a full recovery and am now in a position to try to give a very small something back to the team at MRF to help support their vital research and work in improving treatment of this awful disease. Despite major progress, children are still dying of this disease and we need to stop that.
“I took part in the marathon 12 years ago but before I get really old I want to have another crack at the old 26.2miles. I am most grateful for every single donation people make for this fantastic charity which needs every penny we can raise.
“I’ve been training in all kinds of winter weather conditions and had a calf injury a few weeks ago but luckily it’s not bad enough to stop me taking part in the marathon. With just a few weeks to go, I’m feeling nervous but excited to take on the challenge.”
Glenn has now raised £2,600 and donations are still being gratefully accepted at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/glennworth
BHIB Insurance Brokers has pledged to support MRF as a ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2019.
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said: “We are really grateful to Glenn for taking on this huge challenge to help raise funds for MRF, and to BHIB Insurance Brokers for their support. Meningitis and septicaemia can strike quickly, sometimes killing in hours, and leaving some survivors with life-changing after effects. These vital funds raised will help to continue our research, awareness and support programmes.”
Early symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.