Andrew (pictured) was in his first year at University when he contracted meningitis. Despite the efforts of specialist medical staff he succumbed to this terrible disease aged just 19 and our world changed forever. That was 20 years ago now and, whilst we have mostly come to terms with our loss, the entire family still misses him terribly and wonders what he might have become had he not fallen ill. The sudden nature of his passing left us all numb and we were grateful for the support offered by meningitis charities who were on hand to help us through a very difficult time. Ever since then we have been fundraising to try and help provide much needed resource allowing others to be supported as we were and to fund research and awareness programmes that aim to minimise and eventually eliminate deaths from meningitis.
Individually, some of us have taken part in this walk before and know just how grueling it is! This year, on the 20th anniversary, the whole family has decided to take part in a team effort to raise as much money as we can by working together. In addition to Andrew's father Chris, we have his brothers, sisters in law, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces taking part. What a fitting way to remember Andrew, who loved walking and all things outdoors, whilst raising as much money as we can for a very worthwhile cause.
This walk covers 21 miles of beautiful countryside around Stroud in Gloucestershire and, as the name suggests, meanders its way through five valleys and the hills in between. The height gained is as much as climbing Mt Snowdon so it's not an easy stroll; every penny you sponsor us for will be well earned. Please help us reach our goal by giving as much as you can afford.
Thank you very much for your support. It's much appreciated.
The extended Sillett Family.