Karen, of Osier Road, who works in the town’s Sainsbury’s, will be running for MRF because two people close to her have been affected by meningitis.
She said: “In March last year my 22-year-old nephew contracted the W strain of bacterial meningitis. As a family we didn’t know much about this at the time, but we now know it’s a particularly deadly strain of the disease that’s been increasing in the UK. He was fighting for his life in a coma for four days.
“Thanks to the quick treatment in hospital he has made a full recovery and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
“My best friend Sharon Schokes had meningitis too, but thankfully she also made a full recovery.
“I want to raise as much money as I can for this charity to stop others having to suffer from this disease. I’ve raised more than £3,000 to date and would love to get to £4,000.
“I’m really grateful to my family, friends and local businesses for their continuous support. I couldn’t have done this without them. I am very excited now and ready to take on my biggest challenge yet.”
To sponsor Karen visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Karen-Orourke-Gray2.