We will be fundraising throughout the year for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, our chosen charity for 2020
31 January 20  /  News

Here at Mathews Comfort, we are all committed to giving back to society and each year, our team collaboratively chooses one charity for us to focus our fundraising and awareness raising efforts on.

This year, we will be supporting Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis as our chosen charity for 2020. Founded by patients, family members and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis specialists in 2013, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis' mission is to improve the quality of life for patients living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and to fund much-needed research.
 
Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is thought to affect around 70,000 people in the UK. One of the most aggressive and common forms of this lung disease is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, with idiopathic meaning that it has no known cure. Normally affecting people over 50, IPF is slightly more common in men than women, there are limited treatments and there is no cure. Life expectancy can range from three to five years following diagnosis, and around 6,000 people die from IPF in the UK every year.
 
The lack of knowledge around IPF amongst the general medical profession is well recognised and this leads to difficulties for many patients when requiring treatment from GPs and local hospitals.
 
Here, Vicki shares her family’s devastating experience with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and the impact that a lack of awareness, treatment options and funding is having on the lives of so many people across the UK:
 
“My mum Linda was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2013. What started as a persistent tickly cough and was diagnosed as asthma quickly got worse and was eventually diagnosed as Pulmonary Fibrosis by a trainee doctor on a busy ward.
 
It was Google that told us mum’s illness was terminal and her only cure would be a lung transplant, at least this news gave us hope we would get to keep our mum.
On 2nd October 2013, mum’s much awaited appointment came for her to be assessed for a lung transplant; all hope disappeared at this point when she was told the disease had affected her health and heart so much that she wouldn’t survive a transplant and she had a 50/50 chance of lasting a year.
 
We all watched as our mum who ran marathons and loved running around with the grandchildren deteriorated rapidly. Simple tasks such as dressing, walking and talking became harder and harder. That panicky, terrible feeling you get when you can’t breathe, my mum had to live with day in, day out and there was nothing anyone could do to help.
 
Mum bravely fought this disease until 23rd February 2014 where she slipped away with all her family by her bedside, leaving three children, eight grandchildren and a husband heartbroken.”
 
- Vicki
 
Pictured above are Linda, Vicki’s mum and Vicki.
 
The Mathews Comfort team are looking forward to raising money towards the research and treatment of this terrible disease and we are pleased to be able to support such an important charity.
 
We will be kicking off this year’s fundraising with our annual pool competition, which will be taking place on 3rd April – if you would like to contribute, you can find our JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mathews-comfort-financial-services
 
To find out more about Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and their vital work, please take a look here: https://www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org/

 

 

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