A FITNESS fanatic whose baby twice survived a life-threatening bug has raised £500 for a support charity in a physical endurance contest.
Justine Baker completed the seven-mile Kamikaze ‘obstacle course’ at Bridport on Sunday in aid of Group B Strep Support.
She decided to back the charity to repay it for help when her son, Harrison, now seven months, contracting the meningitis-like bacteria group B streptococcus (GBS) twice within weeks of being born.
Justine completed Sunday’s race along with ten colleagues from Hermes, the Taunton gym where she works out.
“It was really tough – it was so steep you had to scramble up the hills,” said Justine.
“The mud was like something out of a war film and we had to wade through it up to our chests.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and we were all suffering the next day from aches and pains.”
Several people offered to sponsor Justine after reading her story in the County Gazette last week and on our website at somersetcountygazette.co.uk She said: “A woman even stopped me in Sainsbury’s
and gave me £5 and lots of other people came up to me and asked me about GBS – the article in the Gazette touched a nerve and has helped raise awareness of it.”