Specsavers Runcorn retail manager Siobhan Carmichael is tackling a Tough Mudder challenge to support Meningitis Now – a charity which funds research and prevention raising awareness about the condition. 

A meningitis survivor herself, Siobhan has vowed to help prevent others dying from the disease. 

Team toughen up 

Together with 16 colleagues, family and friends, Siobhan will take on a daunting 12 mile, 26 obstacle course at Cholmondeley Castle in Malpas on 11 September in a bid to raise £4000 for the charity. 

The team will be running through 10,000 volts of electricity, crawling under barbed wire in a mud pit and dropping 15ft into water as part of the course. Siobhan said: ‘I’ve never done anything like this before, I am dreading it but also really looking forward to it.’ 

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Siobhan said: ‘When I was younger, around four-years-old, I contracted meningococcal septicaemia. Luckily I came out with no lasting effects but so many people aren’t as lucky as me.’

‘It really brought home to my family how important it is to know the symptoms as the out of hours doctor who saw me told my mum it was chicken pox.

Make a difference

Event organiser Rachel Oakley said: ‘We’d like to thank Siobhan and her team for supporting the lifesaving and life-changing work of Meningitis Now.

‘We rely on the energy and enthusiasm of our supporters to raise the funds we need each day to continue our vital research, awareness and support work.

‘Events like this make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis.’

To support Siobhan and the team visit justgiving.com/specsaversmudder.

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