A MAN who grew up in Wellesbourne, is training to run the London Marathon in April for Meningitis Now—a charity close to his heart, as his fiancée will suffer with meningitis for the rest of her life.
Daniel Stokes, aged 27, a former pupil of Alveston CE Primary School and Kineton High School, has a ballot place for the 26.2-mile event.
Daniel, a credit controller in the accounts department at Valpak on Stratford Business and Technology Park, in Banbury Road, said: “I thought I would make the most of this opportunity and run on behalf of a charity close to my heart.
“In December 2009, my fiancée Meg was diagnosed with meningitis, a disease which, back then, I knew nothing about.”
He said that Meg, who is now 24, overcame it but in October 2011 she was diagnosed with viral meningitis and was back in hospital again.
Daniel, who is a member of Stratford Leisure Centre, used to play football for FC Stratford, and now plays for Coventry United, continued: “Meg had viral meningitis, and for unforeseen circumstances will battle with this disease for the rest of her life.
“The disease lives in the fluid around her spine and brain and she can suffer with symptoms at any time.”
He added: “Currently we have everything in hand with medication and touch wood Meg has been clear of hospital for just over two years now.”
The couple, who live in Redditch, met at Apex Credit Management, in Stratford, and Meg now works in finance at a company in Studley.
As part of his training, Daniel is set to take part in the 13.1-mile Reading Half Marathon, on 2nd March, which will be his first-ever competitive run.
So far Daniel has raised around £400 of his £1,000 fundraising target. To make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/danielstokes
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