A TRAINEE solicitor is taking a 54-mile cycling challenge in memory of his school friends who died of meningitis.
Luke Green from Hoole, is taking part in the Liverpool to Chester bike ride in memory of Helen Cadden and Richard Murphy who died within months of each other in 2001, aged 18 and 19.
Luke, who works for Liverpool law firm, Halliwells, is joining forces with his colleague Philip Hodges in a bid to maximise sponsorship to support the work of Meningitis UK.
The money they raise will help research into a vaccine against all strains of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia.
Luke said: “I was christened with Richard and had the privilege of growing up with him and Helen.
“They were both well-liked by everyone who knew them and are still missed by so many people. I have seen first hand what a devastating impact this illness can have and feel it’s really important that their friends continue to help to raise awareness and contribute to the important work being done by Meningitis UK.”
Since losing Helen and Richard eight years ago, their families and friends have played a major role in fundraising events to support research into meningitis including sportsman’s dinners, a fashion show, and Meningitis UK’s annual fundraising walk.
For further information or to make a donation to the charity, contact Meningitis UK on 0117 373 7373.