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Flying high for Mum and APF – Nottingham IPF support group fundraise for APF


l-r APF Trustee Wendy Dickinson, Neil Richardson, Marie Chillery, Nottingham ILD Nurse Julie Morgan.

Our huge thanks go to the wonderful members of the Nottingham Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, who have been fundraising for APF in recent weeks and months.

Our trustee, Wendy Dickinson, who attends the group regularly, was overwhelmed to receive a (literally!!) bumper cheque for £1,333.96 from Neil Richardson, son of Nottingham group member, Marie Chillery.

Neil raised this fantastic amount by jumping out of an airplane and he told the group the hair-raising story of his jump, which didn’t end well. He made a heavy landing and was injured…now thankfully, almost fully recovered…but he says he doesn’t regretdoing it for his wonderful mum.

“ When you have a Mum who is fighting this disease that has no cure and that shows no mercy to anyone, you have to do something, “ said Neil. “ When you hear the word “terminal” your life is turned upside down. My mum continues to battle her illness without medication. Her own strength continues to amaze me. I think my Mum shows an unbelievable amount of courage fighting this disease.

“ Until I did this jump I was the kind of person who had to get someone else to put the decorations on the Christmas tree! I was scared of heights. But doing this is nothing compared to what my wonderful Mum goes through every day.”

“ I love my Mum so much and I’m so proud to be her son. “

Wendy Dickinson was also presented with a donation of £75 by IPF patient, Sandra Kirk (pictured with her husband, Malcolm) who held a raffle at their local dancing club, The Phoenix Sequence Dancing Club at Rainworth, Nottinghamshire.


Sandra and Malcolm Kirk at the Nottingham Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Sandra, who was diagnosed with IPF two and half years ago, attends the club with Malcolm twice a week and swears by keeping fit and keeping moving – she is also a keen walker.


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