Hundreds enjoy sun raising money to beat meningitis in Chris Pegler's name

First published in News

FAMILY and friends of a Wotton meningitis victim gathered for a fourth annual fun day in his memory.

Chris Pegler, 18, died in November 2010, less than 24 hours after contracting the deadly disease.

Since then his family, led by mum Karen, 42, have thrown themselves into fundraising for Stroud-based charity Meningitis Now.

The former Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School pupil’s family have raised more than £32,500.

Their fun day filled Synwell Playing Fields, Wotton-under-Edge, all afternoon on Saturday, May 31.

Mrs Pegler said the event had gone really well, so far raising over £1,000.

“We haven’t counted all the money,” she told the Gazette. “But we have £1,260 so far.”

She said it had been a busy day with good turnout throughout, with the weather in their favour with mild temperatures and sunny spells.

Crowds enjoyed live music, performances from New Generation Street Dance and viewing the classic cars on show.

There was plenty for youngsters, with a bouncy council and face painting, with locally-brewed ciders and ales on offer for parents.

“Wickwar Brewery thought there were 200 to 300 people there,” Mrs Pegler said. “The sun came out in the afternoon but it wasn’t so hot you were getting burnt in the sun.”

Meningitis B is the most common form of the disease in the country, affecting around 1,870 people each year and killing one in 10.

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