A fundraising walk, in memory of a small baby who sadly lost her life to meningitis, is taking place this weekend. The annual Rubie’s Walk for Meningitis Now is taking place on Saturday (September 18) in the Manifold Way.
A fundraising walk, in memory of a small baby who sadly lost her life to meningitis, is taking place this weekend.
The annual Rubie’s Walk for Meningitis Now is taking place on Saturday (September 18) in the Manifold Way.
Rubie Jane Fisher, from Uttoxeter, was just six weeks old when bacterial meningitis stole her short life in 2015.
Since then, her parents Russ and Kerry Fisher have hosted fundraising events in the little tot’s memory, in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity Meningitis Now.
Russ said: “Rubie was like any other baby finding her way in the world when she developed what was thought to be a cold.
“As we awoke the next morning, Rubie had become cold, limp and was breathing shallowly.
“After calling 999, within minutes the first responder arrived, quickly followed by an ambulance which took Rubie to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where the Paediatric Intensive Care team tried to establish what was wrong, eventually managing to stabilise her.
“Despite her brave fight, sadly Rubie was lost to the angels on May 22, 2015 as it was discovered she had bacterial meningitis – with no rash and no symptoms.”
Saturday will be the seventh Rubie’s Walk. The Rubie Jane Fisher Forever Fund has raised £30,000 so far.
Russ, a Site Technician at St Mary’s CE First School in Uttoxeter, explained how the annual fundraiser began: “Shortly after we lost Rubie, Steve Dayman the founder of the charity and bereaved parent, visited us at home to offer his support and introduce us to Meningitis Now.
“During his visit we talked about a legacy for Rubie and Rubie’s Walk was born. This will be our seventh year.”
Russ added: “The walk in memory of Rubie is a way of keeping fit whilst having fun with friends and family, or simply to do something a little bit different with your Saturday.
“Meningitis Now exists to save lives and rebuild futures of people affected by meningitis through research, support and awareness,
“All of the money raised through Rubie’s Walk will be used to help fund the charity’s fight against the disease.”
Rubie’s Walk takes place at The Manifold Way, from Hulme End to Waterhouses and back, 17 miles in total. There is a tearoom at the start/finish of the walk, as well as a cafe at three miles and pub/shop at eight miles.
Registration to take part starts at 8.30am with the walk commencing at 9.30am. Participants are being encouraged to wear orange coloured clothing.
Russ said: “Rubie’s Walk is about raising awareness and vital funds, which are both key to ending meningitis.
“The walk is open to anyone, most years we have complete strangers joining in.
“Meningitis and septicaemia devastate families on a daily basis, with estimate that 21 people contract meningitis every single day.”
To donate to the cause, go online to: www.rubie-fisher.muchloved.com.
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