Son's brush with death inspires dad

A father from Hull who was told to 'prepare for the worst' when his 13-week old baby was diagnosed with meningitis is taking on a running challenge to help a charity which researches the condition.

Eight years ago, Patrick Gilligan, nearly lost baby Steven to meningitis, but against the odds his son pulled through and has no lasting side effects.

Now 40-year-old Patrick is running in Bath Half Marathon in aid of Meningitis UK, which supports victims and their families and also funds research to eradicate all forms of the disease.

It will be great to give something back because if the doctors hadn't saved Steven it would have crucified me. It's my first half marathon but it will be the first of many. I've already decided to enter the Great North Run in September.

– Patrick Gilligan