A local man is organising a charity football match in aid of the international charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) after seeing his mum survive the disease.
Ewan Coleman, 37, from Worksop, is hosting the match at Manton Colliery Athletic Club on Retford Road in Worksop on Sunday (10th August) from 1.30pm.
There will be 40 people taking part in the event, and spectators are also welcome.
Ewan is hoping to raise £500 for Meningitis Research Foundation after his mum, Jacqueline, contracted meningitis in 2000, leaving her with life-changing after effects.
“I wanted to try and organise something like this last year but it didn’t happen in the end,”said Ewan.
“However, I then got in contact with a friend of mine who organised a charity match of his own a couple of years ago and he showed me the right road to go down with getting everything in place.”
“It’s great that it’s happening and I hope everyone will come down and support a great cause.”
Jacqueline said: “I contracted meningococcal septicaemia in 2000.”
“I was very close to death and initially spent nearly three months in hospital due to complications,”
“This resulted in me eventually losing some finger digits and all the toes on my left foot and parts of my right foot toes.”
“The affect of the septicaemia resulted in me also having to have a stoma formed as it ravaged my bowel and rectum.”
“Since then I have spent many weeks in and out of hospital due to ongoing complications, and still have to attend regular hospital outpatient appointments.”
“Mentally it is very difficult to deal with after being such an active person.”
“This awful disease not only affects the patient but the whole family in so many ways.”
“However I am very grateful that I am still alive. I have strong support from my husband, family and friends and the bonus of a lovely granddaughter.”