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Rugby dad's cycle to beat meningitis

PUBLISHED: 15:27 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:49 23 August 2010

AT LAST: Charity trio cycle home

AT LAST: Charity trio cycle home

THREE rugby players raised more than £1,000 for a charity that helped one of their daughter s when she contracted Meningitis. Father-of-two Ian Jones, 48, of Cricketers Drive, Meopham, took part in the 14th Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity –

THREE rugby players raised more than £1,000 for a charity that helped one of their daughter's when she contracted Meningitis.

Father-of-two Ian Jones, 48, of Cricketers Drive, Meopham, took part in the 14th Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity - a 60 mile ride.

His daughter, Sarah, 19, was taken ill in February last year and was supported by the Meningitis Trust.

The sales manager took part in the event last weekend (22) with Gary Theobald, of Temperley, Sole Street and Ian Datlan, of Woodfield Avenue, Gravesend.

All three, who play together for the Moles rugby team at Gravesend Rugby Club in Milton Road, Gravesend, rode from Esher College in Surrey to Hove in East Sussex.

He said: "My daughter was in intensive care on life support for four days. When you see your child laying there like that it hits home. This can kill in four hours it can be that dangerous.

"My daughter was unlucky to get Meningitus but lucky to make a full recovery, many don't."

He added: "The Meningitis Trust was very supportive to us.

"They were there with advice on what to expect and gave help with her recovery.

"Until you're actually affected by meningitis you don't realise what a devastating disease it is."

The trio completed the ride in four hours and 45 minutes. They are now in the process of applying to enter the London to Paris ride for charity.

For more information about the bike ride visit capitaltocoast.org.uk

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