Story

The Meningitis Research Foundation is a charity very, very close to the Crockatt Family's hearts - Without their hard work over many years, Sofia might not have survived after she contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia.  Mum & Dad, Nick & Karen, are very proud to be ambassadors for the charity.

Heather has been a close friend of the family for many years. She and Nick went to school together in the North East a few (ahem) years ago!  Heather will be running the half marathon GNR with Nick on Sunday.  Heather's kids, Luis and Izzy will be running the Mini GNR too!

Sofia's story.

February 17th 2007 - The day our lives changed forever!

After what initially looked like a minor flu bug, Sofia deteriorated, very quickly, and within a couple of hours was fighting for her life in The Royal Preston Hospital as the disease attacked her whole body.  After the amazing A&E team there had managed to stabilise her, Sofia was transferred to The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (then at Pendlebury) where the rollercoaster ride began.

Sofia spent 2 weeks in ITU where her life hung in the balance, each day. She fought each daily challenge, one at a time, despite being in an induced coma for the first few days.

Once Sofia was stable enough, she was transferred to Booth Hall Children's Hospital where the extent of the damage to her body became more and more apparent.

The Crockatts lived at the hospital for several months, with daily, painful dressing changes, debridements, operations, skin grafts for Sofia.

The damage to Sofia's lower limbs was much worse than had been anticipated, due to the lack of blood flow to her extremities - It was decided that the only thing to do was amputate her left leg, and fight to save her right leg.

Sofia bounced back after several operations, and was eventually healthy enough to come home!

Fast forward SIX years, and Sofia is in a very different place. It is hard to imagine what she was fighting only a few years back.

She is obviously not without her challenges, anyone who needs a prosthetic knows, this is an ongoing saga in itself, and an incredibly expensive process.  Ironically, it is her remaining leg that is more of a hindrance to her, due to muscle and tissue necrosis, bone deformity and the rigid "splint" that she has to wear every day.

However...please note...this is not a plea to raise money for Sofia...This is for the charity that CAN make a difference in reducing the incidence of, and eventually eradicating this devastating disease & its equally destructive sisters!

Sofia has an unparalled zest for life, a positivity and drive beyond her years and....the best smile on the planet, which rarely leaves her face!

Sofia is now in training for the Mini-Great North Run in September 2013.  Running 1.5km, with be a huge challenge for Sofia, but the aim is NOT to.... win, set a new record, become the next paralympian...it is simply to HAVE FUN, and complete the course as another milestone in her incredible story whilst raising awareness, and of course funds for the MRF.

Sofia has been taken under the very capable wing of Vicky Huyton, a UK Athletics coach and close family friend.  At a weekly Athletics club in Blackpool, run by James Walkington, Sofia has been undergoing training drills and core strength training to get her in shape for the run, and ensure she is able to finish.  There is also expert guidance from Hayley Ginn, who is a ParalympicGB coach and has worked with several amputees, including a certain Mr Jonnie Peacock who is now a Patron of the Meningitis Research Foundation, as he is, himself a Meningococcal Septicaemia survivor.

Please support Sofia's chosen charity, and pass this on to EVERYONE you know!

Nick's Story -

Sofia's Dad, Nick (42) will be running the main Great North Run in September, again in support of MRF.

Nick is currently in training, and, having never run such a distance, has the goal of simply completing the race, ideally without stopping!

Please dig deep, spread the word, and do what you can to raise awareness of Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia.

Thanks

Sofia (aged 8 3/4), Nick (42 & 1/4) and Heather (42 & 1/4)

 

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Updates 17

SEPTEMBER - Sofia met up with the amazing Richard Whitehead as he set of for day 20 of his 40 Marathons in 40 days challenge, John O'Groats to Lands End raising funds and awareness for Sarcoma UK and Scope! This day was the anniversary of his gold medal winning run at London 2012

06/09/13 02:58

AUGUST - Sofia and her Mum Karen passed on a personal letter to Prime Minister David Cameron in support of the Men B Vaccination campaign, on behalf of the MRF and our fellow ambassadors.

06/09/13 02:55

JULY - Sofia and Nick were at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium with Sofia's pal Kieran Maxwell. After an amazing day of para-sport, we had dinner with Stef Reid and her husband Brent Lakatos, Rich Whitehead and his family. An amazing and inspiring day!

06/09/13 02:53

JUNE 4 - Sofia attended Sainsburys IPC Grand Prix Final in Birmingham, She shouted herself hoarse watching Stef Reid and Jonnie Peacock in action. She was fortunate 2 be invited trackside at the end of the day w/ many other young amputees 2 meet some of her paralympic heroes.

06/09/13 02:49

JUNE - 3 Sofia managed to run 1.5K!!! for the first time ever!!

06/09/13 02:45

Raising money for

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation

Charity Registration No. England 1091105,SC037586, Ireland CHY 12030

Meningitis Research Foundation funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. The Foundation promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected.

Donations 185

Hi Nick and Sofia sorry bit late hope the run went well

Donation by Liz and Tot xx on 02/10/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Hi Nick, i meant to have done this ( thought I had) was gone to say good luck but a bit late (well done)

Donation by Gavin Coper on 23/09/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Well done Sofia...We're proud of you and everything you're doing for the charity...Sofia Rock's! x x x

Donation by Love Storm & Saira x x x on 21/09/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Heather Sanchez on 21/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Heather Sanchez on 21/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sofia you are an amazing little girl. Well done.

Donation by Love from Dominic's Aunties on 19/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations, you should be very proud of yourselves for not only completing the GNR in an excellent time, but also for raising so much for your charity. Well done all of you xxx

Donation by Hanna and Stew on 17/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/09/13

£20.00

Well done Sofia and Nick (and not forgetting Karen for her support). It truly is a privilege to know such an amazing little girl. You are an inspiration to us all. Lots of Love xx Mrs Hollinshead

Donation by Jenny Hollinshead on 16/09/13

£247.68

+ £61.92 Gift Aid

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Well done to the Crockatt's x

Donation by Rachel Bailey on 16/09/13

Well done all! X

Donation by Maria Petrou-Dunn on 16/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 16/09/13

£5.00

So proud of you both and loving thanks to Heather. Love Grandad/Dad xx

Donation by John Crockatt on 15/09/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Diana Walls on 15/09/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/09/13

Well done gorgeous girl xxxx

Donation by Becca on 14/09/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 14/09/13

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 14/09/13

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 14/09/13

£10.00

Here's to a great weekend!

Donation by Anonymous on 14/09/13

Well done .. this is from my wife really ...lets get you a bit closer to your target

Donation by Gerard and Fiona McDermott on 14/09/13

You are a darling girl! Absolutely adore you. And I so wish to meet you one day. More to you!!

Donation by Sophia's friend :) on 14/09/13

good luck

Donation by Ros on 14/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sofia - great sprint at the end! Love from the Sanchezes

Donation by Heather, Stefan, Luis and Isabel on 14/09/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£7,307.20
  • Offline donations£2,755.80
  • Text donations£132.00
  • Total raised£10,195.00
  • Gift Aid£1,416.05

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