Parents of one-year-old Reggie de Silver, who died of meningitis in March 2018, have teamed up with national charity Meningitis Now to establish a UK road trip.
The Beep Beep Tour will see an entourage of drivers, old bangers, and charity ambassadors travelling from Brighton to the Isle of Man, stopping off at various locations across country completing challenges as they go.
The tour will start in Brighton on 20th April 2019, travel to Aylesbury and Liverpool, and finish on the Isle of Man on 24th April 2019 to coincide with Meningitis Awareness Day. Drivers will be put through their paces en-route with pro-racing drivers and scavenger hunts, and will be calling for passers-by to give their best ‘Beep Beep’ in support of the cause.
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord; usually contracted by bacteria or viruses. In the UK, an estimated 22 people a day will contract the disease. Of those who contract the bacterial type 1 in 10 will die. Funds raised by the drivers will be donated to Meningitis Now, the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK.
Reggie died in a matter of hours in March 2018 when he developed pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia after suffering a bout of influenza. The tour, named Beep Beep after his favourite toy car, was set up by parents Chantal and Adam to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Meningitis Now is the founder of the meningitis movement and the only charity dedicated to fighting the disease in the UK. It is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.
Reggie’s sad story shows how quickly meningitis can strike and the devastation it causes. We wish the Beep Beep Tour well with this fantastic fundraiser and thank them for their efforts to fight back against this deadly disease.
Steve Dayman - Executive Founder of Meningitis Now