Jaime’s mission for girlfriend
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 May 2012
A 27-YEAR-OLD will take on a mammoth challenge to raise money to help in the battle against the illness that nearly killed his Worle girlfriend.
Jaime Gardener is taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge from July 6-8 to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.
The challenge consists of climbing three peaks in the UK, which are Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland, all in just 36 hours.
He is raising money to help the fight against meningitis on the 10-year anniversary of when his girlfriend Anna Palmer and her sister Victoria Phillips contracted the illness.
The Mercury ran a story earlier this month telling how the girls’ mother, Sheila Palmer, went through ‘a nightmare’ when she saw both her children, both former Priory Community School pupils, contract life-threatening strains of the same illness within weeks of each other.
The total distance Jaime will have to walk is nearly 28 miles.
He said: “I wanted to tackle this challenge to raise money to help the Meningitis Trust so that they are able to provide long-term emotional and practical support to those affected by meningitis.
“Taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge will be an incredible experience and a great way to make a difference.”
Jaime, formerly of Portishead and now living in Bristol, plays rugby for Chew Valley and regularly takes part in 10k runs and mountain biking.
He added: “Meningitis is a devastating disease that can strike anyone at any age without warning.
“The signs are often difficult to spot because early on they can look like those of cold or flu.
“Knowing the symptoms not only saves lives but can also help prevent the debilitating after-effects that meningitis can cause.”
To support Jaime log on to www.justgiving.com/Jaime-Gardener
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