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Aston Fields woman taking part in epic challenge to remember her son
2:30pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Local
A BROMSGROVE resident has been taking part in charity cycling challenges in memory of her son who died of meningitis.
Matthew Mackie died from meningococcal septicaemia, aged 18 months, in August 2003.
Deciding she wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of his death, Matthew’s mum, Bernadette, entered two tough challenges.
At the beginning of August she participated and completed her first challenge, the 100 mile Ride London event that marked the cycling legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.
This Tuesday, August 27, the Aston Fields resident is set to begin an even more impressive challenge; an epic 12 day ride from Land's End to John O'Groats.
The 47-year-old describes it as her greatest challenge, which has required a huge amount of training.
“I have already covered many hundreds of miles so far this year and there are many more still to be done,” she said.
“Matthew was a truly wonderful little boy, extremely loving, kind, gentle and happy, and was enjoying life to the full.
“Meningitis struck without warning.
“Although there is never a day that goes by when we do not think about Matthew, I wanted to do something special to mark this landmark.”
The money raised from the cycling challenges are being donated to a tribute fund in Matthew's name, which supports the work of the Meningitis Trust.
A £5,000 target has been set and so far more than £3,000 has been raised.
Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at justgiving.com/Bernadette-Mackie.
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