Women cricketers’ fundraiser in memory of junior Durham player

last year's event'Ken Robinson with friends and family taking part in a ladies fancy dress cricket match at Philadelphia Cricket club to raise money for the Glenn Robinson Memorial fund in aid of the Meningitis Foundation.

last year's event'Ken Robinson with friends and family taking part in a ladies fancy dress cricket match at Philadelphia Cricket club to raise money for the Glenn Robinson Memorial fund in aid of the Meningitis Foundation.

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CRICKETING ladies will hit the wicket in memory of a sporty teenager who died from meningitis.

Two teams of women, dressed as fairies, will be raising cash for the Glenn Robinson Appeal, which supports the Meningitis Research Foundation.

copy pic GLENN ROBINSON who died of Meningitis

copy pic GLENN ROBINSON who died of Meningitis

Talented cricketer Glenn, of Houghton, died in 1997 aged 16.

The Durham County junior team player was struck down by the meningococcal septicaemia strain of the brain disease.

Since his death, his family have tirelessly raised funds to combat the illness, generating more than £70,000.

Glenn’s dad Ken, 67, of Newbottle, called on people to turn up and support those taking part in the event.

Last year’s event raised more than £1,200 made for the appeal.

Ken said after years of campaigning he is hopeful scientists are improving treatments into the killer disease.

“I see things progressing over the years,” said Ken, whose wife Brenda died nearly two years ago.

“Who’s to say in 18 months or two years we might be free of meningitis?”

Ken spoke of the determination which drives him on.

“I don’t need any motivation whatsoever. Glenn’s death is something that is still fresh in my mind.

“I’ll do anything to help get rid of meningitis.”

The fund-raising match takes place at Philadelphia Cricket Club on Sunday, July 15, at 2pm.

A bouncy castle and other activities for children will also be available.

Ken is busy organising another popular football talk-in evening, details of which will be released in the coming months. For more information call Ken on 584 3097.

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