Wearside meningitis victim’s family bowled over by charity effort

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.
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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THE family of a teenager who died from meningitis have been bowled over by the support from fund-raising women cricketers.

They played a match at Philadelphia Cricket Club in aid of 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

Promising cricketer Glenn, of Houghton, died of meningitis, in 1997, aged 16.

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

After their son’s death, dad Ken and mum Brenda devoted their lives to generating cash in his memory. Sadly, Brenda died last September.

So far, more than £60,000 has been raised.

Ken, 66, of Hill View Grove, Newbottle, said: “The girls who took part have all been fantastic and I’m hoping that we’ve raised plenty of money.

“Our aim was always to carry on doing things like this and, like other families in our situation. We hope to find a cure that will make meningitis a thing of the past.”

Those donning pads and grabbing a bat included Brenda’s sisters Marion and Hazel, as well as her niece Joanne.

About 300 people came to cheer on the sporting ladies.

Ken added that the annual sporting talk-in evening in aid of the charity will be held in October, details of which will be announced shortly.

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