A Marathon Thank You

2011-02-10 16:06:36

With picture: Craig, with Katie and Poppy, in Gloucester following his first run on 23 January

THIS month Craig Fuller, a workshop administrator for Northampton based municipal vehicle and plant hire company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd, will run his second marathon out of the 12 he plans to complete this year.

30 year old Craig set himself the challenge as a way of saying thank you to The Meningitis Trust and Northampton General Hospital Intensive Care Unit, for their help and support when his wife Katie, 30, was diagnosed with Meningoencephalitis back in 2008.  The illness attacks both the brain lining and brain stems, and can leave serious after-effects.

Luckily Katie made a full recovery and the couple now has a 7 month old baby girl called Poppy.

Craig: “We are very lucky.  Katie came out the other side and we can now live a normal life but other sufferers are not always as fortunate.”

“I really wanted to do something to express my gratitude to the staff at Northampton General Hospital ICU for all their support during such a difficult time, and also to The Meningitis Trust who really helped me understand Katie’s illness.”

“I also want to raise awareness about these two organisations and to help raise funds so that they can continue their invaluable work.”

Craig completed his first race on 23 January in Gloucester in 4 ½ hours, which he was ‘very happy with’.  The next run takes place in Cambridge on 27 February and his colleagues at work are all rooting for him.

A member of Business In The Community, one of The Princes’s Charities, SFS Ltd encourages its staff to ‘give back’ to the community. A recent initiative involves fourteen members of staff who have volunteered to be trained to help teach children to read in local schools.

Bob Sweetland, managing director, SFS Ltd said: “We fully support Craig in his challenge and we will be publishing news of his progress on our website.  As an extra incentive we’ve pledged to donate £100 each time he completes a marathon.”

To find out more about Craig’s challenge go to www.run12in12.co.uk

Anyone wishing to sponsor Craig or donate to one of his chosen charities can do so at:

To support the Meningitis Trust visit?Click on link for my 'Virgin just giving' site to  www.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigFuller?

To support Northampton General Hospital visit?Click on link for my 'just giving' site www.justgiving.com/Craig-Fuller