The UK’s largest meningitis charity is inviting everyone to join their new Marathon Month challenge Image: Meningitis Now

Walk 26.2 miles over the course of a month for meningitis

Meningitis Now is using National Walking Day (April 4) to invite everyone to join their new Marathon Month challenge.

Rather than running a complete marathon in a day, Meningitis Now is asking people to sign up to walk the full 26.2 miles over the course of a month. This could be 26 mini-walks, a couple of epic weekend treks, or any other combination of strolls and strides.

Meningitis Now community fundraiser, Jo Wilson, said:

“This is a brilliant way to raise money for a great cause as well as getting out into the fresh air and doing a bit of healthy exercise.”

Jo suggests that there are many ways supporters could get involved, from taking your dog for a daily trot around the block to organising workplace lunchtime hikes.

“Use your imagination and come up with some fun ways to complete your marathon.

“The best thing about this is that pretty much anyone can do it – you don’t need any training, or skills, or even specialist equipment.

“What I love about this is that you can just grab some friends, pull on some shoes and go!

“And what better reward do you need at the end of your walks than knowing all the money you’ve raised will be going to supporting people who live with the impact of meningitis?”

Meningitis Signs & Symptoms Image: Meningitis Now

One Meningitis Now supporter who plans to get involved is Julia Styles, who lost her daughter Emily to meningitis aged just 19 in 2014.

Julia has supported the charity for years following her daughter’s tragic death. ‘Kind, thoughtful’ Emily died on New Year’s Day just before she was about to take up a place at university to study to become a special needs primary school teacher.

Since then, mum Julia has raised or donated thousands of pounds to Meningitis Now, as well as been involved in other fundraising efforts.

She said she loved the simplicity of the Marathon Month challenge.

“It’s such a great idea to get involved in something like this that anyone can do, at any time of the year.

“What I really like about this is the idea of bringing a group together to do something for a great charity.”

To find out more about Marathon Month and to join the challenge please visit the Meningitis Now website.