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Dad and daughter run London Marathon in fight against meningitis

Dad and daughter run London Marathon in fight against meningitis

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:31am 28th April 2019.

A Cornish dad and his daughter are taking on the London marathon - to mark the 10th anniversary of her recovery from meningitis.

57-year-old Steve Crummay and his 29-year-old daughter Onor from Penzance will be running together to raise disease awareness and funds for charity Meningitis Now.

Onor, who now teaches in London and is a Community Ambassador for the charity, was rushed to hospital 10 years ago after developing bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.

Luckily she managed to pull through and now as a survivor is campaigning to help others.

"When I was in hospital being treated for bacterial meningitis and septicaemia, which nearly left me for dead and with neurological injuries, I vowed to get out and one day run the London Marathon.

"This year will be my fifth London Marathon, but this one is very special.

"Not just because I'll be running with my Dad, but because it will also mark ten years as a meningitis survivor.

"It'll be a proud and defining moment for me in my fight back against this disease and in my support for Meningitis Now.

"Meningitis can kill in several hours and can target anyone. A lack of awareness costs lives and Meningitis Now, without any government funding, work tirelessly to fund research, vaccinations and support for those who have experienced meningitis first hand.

"We are so proud to be running in orange this April."

Onor Crummay, meningitis survivor

Since then Onor has spoken in the House of Commons in support of Meningitis Now's Beat it Now! campaign, as well as sharing her experience in the media, which helped see the introduction of a vaccine for Meningitis B.

"Ten years ago we had a mad drive through the night to get to Bristol, where Onor had been rushed to hospital with meningitis and septicaemia.

"Thanks to the amazing NHS, and then with lots of support from Meningitis Now, as a family we have overcome this disease and its devastating after-effects."

"Running the London Marathon with Onor 10 years on will be a great way to celebrate, say thanks and, through sponsorship, give others the opportunity to support Meningitis Now.

"I've run lots of marathons but I'm not sure at 57-years-old who will be helping who to get round!

"Please sponsor us and help change lives."

Steve, Onor's dad

You can support Steve and Onor's efforts on their charity page.

What are the signs and symptoms to look out for?

Early symptoms of meningitis can include:


  • fever
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • muscle pain
  • stomach cramps
  • fever with cold hands and feet


If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately.

Symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all.

Trust your instincts – Get medical help immediately.

Get more help and advice from Meningitis Now.

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