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Dancing for Dean

14 April 2015

Local lass organises Scotland’s first ‘Burnathon’ for children’s charity in memory of her brother

Arbroath resident, Cheryl Fraser, is organising a two hour ‘Burnathon’ in aid of children’s charity, Action Medical Research. The event, in memory of her baby brother, Dean who died of meningitis, will take place on 25 April 2015, the eve of his birthday, between 1pm and 3pm at the Community Centre in Arbroath, Scotland.

The ‘Burnathon’ was dreamt up by Cheryl whilst participating in a ‘Body Burn’ workout session under the tutelage of ex-Navy fitness instructor, Kim MacDonald. Kim has developed this further into a two hour aerobic work-out to 80s and 90s dance music. They are inviting everyone who participates to raise funds through sponsorship and to dress up in bright 80s and 90s clothing.

Cheryl is delighted to be putting on the event in memory of her brother, Dean, to try and raise awareness of Meningitis in young children and help raise funds into research to help prevent the condition. “Dean was 17 months old when he passed away from Pneumococcal meningitis”, says Cheryl. “My mother never had any warning and Dean had no symptoms that we knew of that was a sign leading to this tragedy. If I can do something to support Action Medical Research in funding research into helping save and change the lives of sick and vulnerable babies and helping prevent other babies dying of meningitis then I’m really happy.” Cheryl’s mum is happy too – because Cheryl used to get a tattoo every year on her brother’s anniversary - but this year she’s going for a different ‘burn’ sensation instead! Her mother will also be in attendance at the event and has said that she’s happy to talk to other parents who have been through something similar.   

There will be a collection bucket at the hall on the day, “People can come down and donate whatever they wish or just come and show their support”, says Cheryl. “I want to do all that I can to raise awareness and help families and young children, to prevent them from going through the same thing.”

If you’d like to take book your place on the Burnathon please contact Cheryl on 07896 049739.

Following an Action funded project into why the Pneumococcal Meningitis infection can be deadly, potential new treatments are being investigated. To read about the work that Action Medical Research is funding into meningitis http://www.action.org.uk/our-research/search-condition?tid=meningitis

And if you’d like to take action for Action by getting involved in any of the charity’s own events to raise funds to help sick babies and children, please visit: www.action.org.uk/get_involved.

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Cheryl (aged 3) with her brother Dean


Cheryl today, kneeling on left with Kim Macdonald kneeling right, along with Burnathon participants




About 230 new born babies in the UK each year are affected by bacterial meningitis in the first month of life. Around 10 per cent of these babies can die and many may be left with life-changing disabilities.

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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