Triathlon with a difference to help fight against meningitis

April 29 2018
Triathlon with a difference to help fight against meningitis

A group of fundraisers in Berkeley are organising a community triathlon in memory of a young boy who died from meningitis.

Friends and family of 2-year-old Sam Virgo, who died in March 2008, are staging the event on Saturday 14 July, in aid of the Stroud-based charity Meningitis Now.

Those taking part will either run a half marathon or take on a 100-mile cycle ride, starting and finishing in Berkeley Square. Children from the local primary school will take on the swimming part of the event in the week leading up to race day.

Since Sam’s death people in Berkeley have been raising funds with the Sam Virgo Memorial Walk, covering the 10 miles from Thornbury to Berkeley.

Alongside this an annual rounders tournament and many other events have seen them raise over £150,000 towards Meningitis Now’s work.

One of the organisers, Claire Spiers, said: “We feel that raising money for Meningitis Now will not only help the charity support many more families but also raise awareness and ensure that eventually everyone is entitled to the vaccine for Meningitis B.

“Our goal is to make people aware of the fantastic work done by our chosen charities, how they can make a difference and to raise much-needed funds for each of them.”

 They’ll also be raising funds and awareness for two other charities, the CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) Support Network and Sue Ryder Leckhampton. 

To find out more about the triathlon and get involved visit the website