"A Strep to far" - How precious life is.
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I am raising money through a sponsored 10K swim in Buttermere, to support the Alex Lewis Trust and associated Charities to fund the rehabilitation of those affected by, and to raise awareness of, the Group A Strep bacteria. Please read my story.. More ...

The last time I did a sponsored event – I was 11, and it was a bike ride for the Scouts. 35 years on I feel compelled to do it again.  The event I will be taking part in is the Buttermere 10K swim (a swimmers marathon!), on Sunday the 14th September 2014 ( Buttermere 10K Swim) .  This compelling need has been driven by a recent and potentially devastating event in my life.......

December 28th 2013, I was not feeling too great, took to the sofa with my little girl Ella, my wife thinking ‘another bout of man flu’!.. Little did we know, a few hours later I would be in a state of hyper tension with the onset of what transpired to be Septicaemic Shock from Group A Streptococcus. After spending six nights in Intensive Care, and a further 11 nights in hospital, I was lucky to be discharged with no ongoing complications.

Tragically, in a parallel time there was a young dad by the name of Alex Lewis who also contracted the deadly bug. I heard of Alex through friends, and subsequently read about his and his families ordeal in the Daly Echo ( Young dad Alex Lewis' brave fightback against deadly group A streptococcus bug 

The story brought to light for me the potential devastating impact this bacteria can have, at the same time making me realise how lucky I was. I was moved and humbled even more by the positive attitude and the obvious love Alex has for his family. To be honest, I’m not sure I could have been as positive as Alex.

So, this is why I’m asking you to sponsor me – this is a little known bacteria, but impacts around 1 in 33,000 people, often with devastating consequences. It can impact anybody, I’m an extremely fit guy (so I’m told, and at least for my age!!), therefore understanding this bacteria, how medical developments could improve the mortality and impact rates, and to raise the awareness and early recognition of this bacteria is the reason I am raising the money.

Whatever I raise will be given to the Alex Lewis Trust, which will help to support Alex through his rehabilitation and also support associated Charities raise awareness and tackle this bacteria.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

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