Worthing woman runs in grand-daughter’s memory

Helen Hancorn and Charlene Parsons
Helen Hancorn and Charlene Parsons
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A WORTHING woman whose grand-daughter tragically died from meningitis aged just 13 months is running the Brighton Marathon to help fund research into a vaccine to protect against the disease.

Helen Hancorn’s family were devastated after baby Mariah died in December, 2009.

Helen, 44 of Upper Brighton Road, said: “Never a day goes by when Mariah is not in my thoughts. I miss her so much.

“She showed no signs to alarm us, just a slight temperature – we thought she was teething.

“She went to bed as normal after finishing her bottle of milk but, sadly, died in her sleep.”

Meningitis

Tests confirmed Mariah had died from meningitis B, a disease which causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

Although there is a successful vaccine to protect against the meningitis C strain, there is still no vaccine to protect against several other deadly strains, including the most common – meningitis B.

Helen said: “The more research that can be done, the more chances a vaccine will eventually be found and people will no longer die or be left permanently disabled.

“If just one life can be saved from my fund-raising, it is worth it.”

Charity ball

Together with colleague Charlene Parsons, 22, Helen will be running in the Brighton Marathon on April 10 and hopes to raise £3,000 for Meningitis UK.

Helen has taken part in fund-raising activities and events for the charity in the past, including a sponsored 13-mile walk.

She is planning a charity ball at the Charmandean Centre, in Forest Road, in September to raise further funds for the charity.

To sponsor Helen, visit www.justgiving.com/Helen-Hancorn (see external link to the top right of this story).

For more information about the charity ball, or to donate raffle prizes, contact Helen by emailing Helen@kardinalhealthcare.co.uk.