Sleaford mum helps form cystic fibrosis group raising almost £2k
A MUM from Sleaford whose son suffers from cystic fibrosis has helped form a group to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
Sarah Tucker, a housewife and mum to Josh, 12, set up the group in September last year along with Katie Martin and Katie Beere, who both have children with cystic fibrosis, and Helen Turner who herself suffers from the disease.
So far, the South Lincs Cystic Fibrosis Group has raised £1,720 and have a string of fundraising events planned for this year
Sarah said: "I've been fundraising for this cause for four or five years now due to my son having the disease and there is currently no cure for it.
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"Myself and the rest of the group who met each other through previous fundraising events decided to set up a group locally and our main aim is to raise funds for all those affected by cystic fibrosis via the welfare grants that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust provide.
"These grants allow patients to get much needed medical equipment to make their every day lives easier and also can provide holidays for entire families to have a break from the burden that the disease provides in their day to day lives."
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease which affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system by clogging them with thick sticky mucus making it hard for sufferers to breath and digest food.
Sarah described how on a day to day basis Josh has to have physio, take antibiotics three times a day, use a nebuliser three times a day as well as taking tablets before eating to help break up his food and use an inhaler for every time he gets wheezy.
Fundraising events in 2013 include an Easter fair which will take place on Sunday, March 17, at Leasingham Village Hall from 2.30pm until 5.30pm.
The group is actively seeking for more people to join them and if anyone feels they contribute to the group in any way or would like to come along for some support then they can contact any of the members for details of the next meeting. There is an active facebook group page which can be found at www.facebook.com/SouthLincsCysticFibrosisGroup.