Meningitis support plea


On April 22 I will be joining thousands of runners from all over the country for the London Marathon 2012. I will be fundraising for the Meningitis Trust - a charity very close to my heart - and would like to invite your readers to join me.

My late brother Vito contracted bacterial meningitis when he was just two and a half years old. At the time my mum was pregnant with her second son – me! I never had the chance to meet him.

I chose to run the London Marathon and raise money for the Meningitis Trust after meeting a friend who contracted the disease at the very same age as my brother – thankfully he survived. He told me about all the fantastic work that the Trust does, supporting families just like mine, who are suffering from the impact of losing a loved-one.

I have raised more than £2,000 towards my fundraising total, but I can only do so much and with more runners on board I know that we can raise so much more.

If you already have a ballot place in the London Marathon, but don’t know which charity to support, please consider the Meningitis Trust.

For more information contact the Trust’s Events Team on 0845 120 4530, email or visit

Antonio Magro

(Mario Sandrini in the new ITV Drama, Titanic)