Meningitis UK would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Bordering on a Vaccine Walk earlier this year, which stretched 201 miles from Derry to Rostrevor.
Over 100 people, many of whom have experienced the devastation of meningitis first-hand, took part at various stages over nine days and helped to raise a staggering £40,000.
This included bucket collections of £2,094 on the leg between Newtownards and Strangford, £2,859 the next day to Newcastle and £2,355 on the last leg to Rostrevor.
I walked the route and was extremely grateful to everyone who supported us, either by taking part, making a donation or by sponsoring a friend or colleague.
All money raised on the walk will go towards funding our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, which aims to raise £7m for life-saving research into developing a vaccine against meningitis and associated diseases.
The number '4' signifies the devastating fact that meningitis can kill victims in under four hours. Without the continued support from members of the public and the invaluable contribution of volunteers we would not be able to continue our work.
If any of your readers would like a symptoms information pack, or to find out more about supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can call Meningitis UK on 0117 373 7373 or visit www.meningitisuk.org.
Chief executive, Meningitis UK