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Parents on fund-raising trail after Katie’s death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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A COUPLE will push their bodies to the limit to raise vital funds for a meningitis charity after the disease killed their three-year-old daughter.

Sara Peach has been pounding the pavements ahead of the Brighton Marathon tomorrow, while her husband Kevin will cycle 300 miles from London to Newcastle in August.

The couple, of St John’s Drive, Newhall will raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of their daughter Katie (pictured), who died from meningococcal septicaemia in December 2011.

Kevin, 37, who works for engineering firm Trelleborg, said: “Everyone did everything they could to save our daughter Katie’s life, but sadly it was not meant to be.

“She spent one day short of two weeks fighting the disease before she passed away with her family around her.”

Since then the couple have raised about £57,000 through their tireless fund-raising for the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where she was treated, and for charity.

Kevin added: “We hope that this money will go towards the foundation’s research into meningitis and hopefully one day making it a disease of the past so families don’t have to experience what we did.”

Sara, 33, who works at Toyota, said she had been training hard in gym classes to get fit ahead of tomorrow’s 26.2-mile challenge.

She said: “I have been doing gym classes a couple of times a week and pounding the pavements.

“I have built it up from not being able to run a mile, then being able to do a few and in my latest run I have done 21 miles.

“I’m excited but nervous, but I will be glad when I have crossed the finish line.”

The couple have already raised £1,300 between them for the two challenges.

But Sara added that anyone who would like to make an extra donation can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Marathon4Katie

The couple have been married for 10 years and have two other daughters, Lucy, 9, and Lottie, who is 10-months old.

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