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Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and their families in the Stockton-on-Tees area are set to benefit from money raised by a pub darts league.
The Stockton Cystic Fibrosis Mixed Darts League involves teams from 12 pubs across the town whose players each pay £1 every Sunday to compete in the tournament. This year they’ve raised £1000 for Yorkshire charity Cystic Fibrosis Care which works closely with the James Cook Hospital.
The donation will enable the charity to purchase vital medical equipment for the hospital’s specialist Cystic Fibrosis Unit and provide welfare grants to help sufferers and their families pay for costs such as transport to the hospital during stressful times.
The group have been raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis charities for 36 years and have raised over £75,000. The committee President of the league Doreen McQuade said: “The annual tournament is such a competitive fixture between the 12 teams and it makes winning all the more special knowing that our donation is staying close to home by helping sufferers in the Stockton area.” Doreen has been involved from the start, said she was so very grateful to everyone over the years for their constant support of CF League, but she is ready to hand over to a younger member. The Chairman Derek Dawson and Treasurer Frank Hine have been involved with organising the fantastic presentation nights and events each year which all started because the landlord Keith Hornby from the Hardwick Pub had a nephew Michael who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis.
Patricia Kilpatrick, founder and director of the charity, added: “A big thank you to all the darts players who were involved. Wherever possible we ensure donations benefit the area in which the money was raised. In this case it will enable us to purchase an E-Flow nebuliser for the hospital’s unit which will help improve the lung function of a young sufferer of cystic fibrosis.”
For more information on Cystic Fibrosis Care go to www.cysticfibrosiscare.org.uk
Notes to editors:
Cystic Fibrosis Care was established in June 2015. It is a charity formed and run by professional fundraisers who are parents of children who have Cystic Fibrosis. The charity provides essential services and equipment, practical help and support to children and adults, their families and Specialist Care Centres.
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common life shortening chronic fatal genetic diseases affecting around 10,000 children and young adults in the UK. It affects the lungs and digestive system, making it difficult to breathe and digest food. Complications increase with age requiring ever increasing levels of care, treatment and support. The average life expectancy is in the late 30’s. There is no cure.
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