A brave mum is taking on her first ever 10k run in memory of her daughter who died suddenly from meningitis.
Emily Styles, 19, who had lived in Buckingham all her life, died on New Year’s Day 2014.
And in honour of her daughter, Julia Styles, who works at The Royal Latin School, will complete the run at Stowe Landscape Gardens on Sunday.
She said: “We miss Emily so very much, the pain is immeasurable, but Emily would want us to live our lives in her memory and achieve things for ourselves and others.
“We have been amazed and very touched by the wonderful support we have had from both friends and people we didn’t know before when they heard about Emily’s tragic and sudden death.”
Julia is running for Meningitis Now, and since Emily died she has worked hard with the charity to campaign for more meningitis vaccinations in this country.
She said: “We have just secured the commitment from the government to vaccinate babies against meningitis B and teenagers against meningitis from September.
“This is after we lobbied parliament and triggered an amendment debate last July.
“Our campaign continues to get the next most vulnerable group vaccinated, those at risk of meningitis B, 60 per cent of those that contract this are teenagers and adults and yet they, like Emily, are not vaccinated.”
On the same day as Julia’s challenge, family friend Craig Nelson will take part in an Olympic Triathlon in her memory.
To sponsor Julia visit www.justgiving.com/emilystylesmuchlovedcom or visit www.emily.styles.muchloved.com