April 28 2017

ENTHUSIASTIC hockey players of all abilities are invited to sign up for an annual charity tournament in Bristol to help knock meningitis into touch.

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ENTHUSIASTIC hockey players of all abilities are invited to sign up for an annual charity tournament in Bristol to help knock meningitis into touch.

Ryan’s Hockey Tournament, in memory of 16-year-old Ryan Bresnahan who died from meningitis in 2010, is taking place at Clifton College Sports Ground on Sunday 28 May.

Mixed teams of six-a-side minimum can enter a team for £10 a person, to include lunch.

All money raised will go to ‘a life for a cure’, the Bristol-based charity founded in Ryan’s name, which works closely with national charity Meningitis Now to fight the devastating disease. 

Since it launched, ‘a Life for a Cure’ is closing in on raising £500,000 towards vital vaccine research, campaigning for greater vaccine take-up, particularly among students, and raising awareness of the disease’s symptoms.

Ryan’s mother Michelle, founder of ‘a Life for a Cure’, said: “This was the very first event we organised following Ryan’s death and encompasses everything he would love - great hockey, competition, lots of fun and people of all ages joining together to play sport. Ryan was an exceptionally talented sportsman and had played hockey since he was a youngster. 

“This event gets bigger and better each year. Last year there were over 300 players all in fancy dress and we hope for even more this year. Please come along and join in the fun for a great and vital cause.”

Ryan, a sports scholar at Clifton College, was a fit and active teenager when he fell ill and died from meningitis B in March 2010.

“We had no notice or even time to say goodbye. It all happened within an hour,” Michelle added.

Alongside the hockey there will be a prize for the best fancy dress at the tournament and throughout the day a BBQ, cakes and raffle will be available. The action starts at 10am with registration at 9.45am. Entry is free for spectators. 

To enter a team email Emily Atkinson on emilyatkinson10@hotmail.com or Michelle Bresnahan on michellebres@btinternet.com 

To donate by phone text RYAN94 £1, £5 or £10 to 70070.

The event is sponsored by Burston Cook, Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Consultants in Bristol.

Steve Dayman, Meningitis Now founder, said: “We’re so grateful to Michelle, and everyone who has supported her through ‘a Life for a Cure’ since Ryan’s untimely death. It’s impossible to underestimate the impact her fundraising has had on our research and awareness work.

“As a charity that receives no Government funding we rely entirely on the generosity, energy and initiative of our supporters to raise the vital funds we need to carry out our lifesaving and life-changing work.

“Her dedication makes a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.” 

Meningitis Now is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.

It does this by funding research into vaccines and prevention, raising awareness so people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis and rebuilding futures by providing dedicated support to people living with the impact of the disease.

For more information on meningitis and the work of Meningitis Now visit www.meningitisnow.org For more on ’a life for a cure’ see www.ryanbresnahan.org