Tireless Ken is nominated for Best of Wearside award

Ken Robinson has been appointed as an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation.'Ken's son Glenn died from the disease in 1997, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the charity since.
Ken Robinson has been appointed as an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation.'Ken's son Glenn died from the disease in 1997, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the charity since.
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It’s been a momentous year for a campaigning dad who relentlessly raises money in memory of his son.

Ken Robinson reached his 70th birthday this year.

FILE PIC  submitted pic''Date: 16/04/2010   Photographer: NOP    'copy pic GLENN ROBINSON who died of Meningitis ''Glen Robinson

FILE PIC submitted pic''Date: 16/04/2010 Photographer: NOP 'copy pic GLENN ROBINSON who died of Meningitis ''Glen Robinson

He also celebrated the news that, from this month, every baby in the UK is to be vaccinated against meningococcal group B (MenB) with vaccines given at two and four months as well as a booster at a year.

In another achievement, Ken’s fundraising has also topped £83,000 and he shows no sign of slowing down.

And if that was not enough, he has also been nominated for a Best of Wearside award. It marks Ken’s fundraising efforts in memory of his son Glenn who died from the illness aged just 16 in 1997.

Ken said: “I am so pleased to be nominated. If someone has put my name forward, it is nice that they are thinking about what I have done.”

I am so pleased to be nominated. If someone has put my name forward, it is nice that they are thinking about what I have done. I am going strong as a fundraiser because I want to eradicate this disease because it killed my son

Ken Robinson

Ken also welcomed the vaccination programme and said: “I am going strong as a fundraiser because I want to eradicate this disease because it killed my son.

“This will eradicate the worst strain of meningitis and it is absolutely fantastic.”

The nomination for Ken, who comes from Newbottle, said: “His whole life has been dedicated to raising money for The Meningitis Research Foundation which he is now an ambassador for.”

As well as babies, 17 and 18-year-olds will be offered a one-off vaccine against meningococcal groups ACWY (MenACWY).

Ken joins a growing list of entrants for this year’s competition and we want more.

This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd.

Category sponsors are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos and we thank them all for their fantastic backing.

From now until the deadline of Monday, November 2, we are looking for the very best in our communities.

Then, we will create shortlists for each category.

You can nominate by visiting http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/