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£40,000 bid in mum's memory

PUBLISHED: 15:29 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 August 2010

FOURTEEN relatives and friends of a mother-of-two who died from meningitis hope to raise more than £40,000 for charity in her memory. In January this year Zoe Hogan (Gabell), 35, originally from Meopham, died from multiple organ failure after contracting

FOURTEEN relatives and friends of a mother-of-two who died from meningitis hope to raise more than £40,000 for charity in her memory.

In January this year Zoe Hogan (Gabell), 35, originally from Meopham, died from multiple organ failure after contracting the disease and Septicaemia.

The previously fit and healthy mother left behind two girls, aged seven and nine, prompting the group to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

A disco in Istead Rise Community Centre, near Meopham, will be held on Saturday as the group attempt to raise the massive figure to take part in a charity climb up Mount Kilimajaro in October.

Cousin John Baker said: "She was a kind, generous, and happy person who would go out of her way to help others, even those that she did not know.

"In honour of Zoe and the smiles and happiness she brought to the world, 14 of us have decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro."

His target is £3,600 but collectively the group need to raise a whopping £43, 200 for the charity to undertake the climb. Other fundraising events are planned in the coming months. In a plea to readers, he added: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would raise money for charity, you don't ever think things like this happen to your own family.

"I am asking for your help to raise money for Meningitus Research Foundation. If we can prevent even just one more death from this terrible disease it would be worthwhile."

*The charity gig is to be held at Istead Rise Community Centre on Saturday featuring the live band Trading Places.

Entry costs £8pm (adults) and £6 (children) and the doors open 7pm to midnight. Hot food, raffle and a disco will also be held.

Call Debbie Bullen or John Baker on 01474 823913, 01634 892115 or 07740720388 or visit the centre for tickets.

l To sponsor John visit

www.justgiving.com/john-baker1

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