APF and Stephen McPartland MP help launch new pulmonary fibrosis support group in Stevenage
Today MP Stephen McPartland, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Respiratory Group and Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis helped to launch a new support group in Stevenage.
Stephen McPartland MP has been working in partnership with APF during 2016 to raise the profile of pulmonary fibrosis and today he was extremely delighted to be at the launch of the group in his own constituency.
“I am delighted to help launch the new East & North Herts ILD Support Group and I wish the group every success. Respiratory disease is the third biggest killer in the UK and yet it is the forgotten illness and IPF is the ‘forgotten of the forgotten’. Current funding for respiratory disease and IPF is a splash in the ocean compared to many other diseases. The challenge for me as an MP is to get these diseases up the political agenda, to raise awareness and increase funding. This is my passion and I am working hard for change.”
Chair of APF Karen Hughes attended the event and gave a talk and trustee Wendy Dickinson and our Support Group Co-ordinator Lorna McLauchlan were also there to offer support and guidance.
One of the key aims of APF is to help set up new support groups all over the UK so that all pulmonary fibrosis patients and their families have access to help, advice and guidance. We have now helped to set up 13 groups since our charity began in 2013 and there are now more than 40 groups across the UK.