A YOUNG WOMAN from Leeds who fell ill with meningitis three years ago, is fighting back against the disease by taking part in a triathlon this summer.
Hannah Shelton, 22, of Beeston Road, has signed up for the Virgin Active London Triathlon – her first triathlon – to raise money for Meningitis Now, the charity that fights the disease, saves lives and rebuilds futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support.
“The rapid treatment I received saved my life,” said Hannah. “Without research and funding, I would have either died or suffered from damaging lifelong after effects, which unfortunately, many people still do.
“Having made a full recovery over the past three years apart from the occasional headache and forgetfulness, I aim to take part in events each year to give a little back to Meningitis Now.”
Hannah contracted meningitis in 2010 on her 19th birthday: “I felt unwell – with the shivers and feeling sick – so I went to bed in the afternoon. I was up throughout the night vomiting, when I noticed a rash on my thighs.
“I was rushed to A&E in an ambulance and ended up in isolation for ten days.
“Since getting better I’ve been determined to give something back.”
Hannah hopes to raise at least £500 from taking part in the triathlon, where she’ll compete alongside 13,000 other athletes. She’s taking on the Sprint section of the event, which involves swimming 750 metres, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or viruses and causes inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
She is now in training for the challenge and last year ran the Leeds Half Marathon. Details at http://www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Shelton2.