The countdown is on to the Meningitis Trust’s flagship Five Valleys Walk event, through the stunning Stroud hills on Sunday September 30, and the county-based charity is encouraging you to sign-up today!

The popular 21 mile circular route through breath-taking Cotswold scenery is open to everyone; from children in prams, to experienced hikers, and even our four-legged friends. And, because it’s split into nine manageable sections, you can walk as much or as little as your feet can handle.
Start your journey from one of the nine checkpoints (detailed on the registration form) which open at 8.30am and close at 5.30pm and if you don’t choose to tackle the whole route, then a free Stagecoach bus service will take you back to your starting point.
Becky Jones, Events Co-ordinator at the Meningitis Trust, said: “There is still time to secure your place at this year’s Five Valleys Walk event, but we are encouraging people to sign-up now and start fundraising as soon as you can.
“It is one of the biggest events in the Trust calendar and an opportunity for all the family to get together and help raise vital awareness of and funds for meningitis – it’s set to be a great day!”
Registration before September 24 will cost £8 for an adult (or £12 on the day), £5 for under 16s (or £8 on the day) and £20 for a family (or £30 on the day).

To find out more, call 0845 120 4530, email [email protected] or visit

About the Meningitis Trust
The Meningitis Trust started in 1986 and, since then, has supported people as they face life after meningitis. It provides the widest range of free services and community-based support for people affected by meningitis across the UK, raises awareness of the disease and funds research into its long-term impact.

About meningitis
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It can strike quickly and kill within hours ­- its impact can last a lifetime. Each year in the UK there are some 3,400 new cases of bacterial meningitis, averaged over the last ten years, and up to 500,000 people in the UK have had meningitis. It can affect anyone, but those most at risk are children under 5, young people (15 to 24) and adults over 55.

For more information visit the website, call 0808 80 10 388 or download a free app at

Source: The Meningitis Trust