Sheffield cricketing legend backs Peak District charity challenge

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
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Sheffield sporting star Michael Vaughan is backing a charity walk this summer.

The former England cricket captain is backing the Meningitis Research Foundation’s Trans-Pennine Challenge – and urging people to sign up to take part.

The event ‘will connect two landmark buildings in the history of Meningitis research’ to mark the charity’s silver anniversary,

Walkers are due to set off from Sheffield University, on Friday, May 23, to finish, eight days later, with a tour of the national meningitis research laboratories in Manchester.

Sheffield has played a key role in meningitis research, including into immunity and vaccinations.

Former Silverdale School pupil Michael, of Baslow, said: “I’m encouraging everyone to sign up for the 25th anniversary walk for Meningitis Research Foundation.

“Meningitis and septicaemia can affect anyone and the heartbreak it causes families needs to be hit for six.”

The walk will take participants across the Peak District National Park, visiting places including Edale and Hope.

Christopher Head, MRF chief executive,said: “We hope people will join us and help mark our anniversary – the science of saving lives for 25 years. We have spent more than £17 million on research since we launched in 1989 and this research has saved thousands of children and adults from death and disability.

n For challenge details, visit www.meningitis.org/walk