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I’m fundraising for the Fungal Infection Trust because, unsexy topic though it is, I’ve been living for the last few years with a condition I had never ever heard of, and I doubt you have either – aspergillosis. Aspergillus is a fungus that’s everywhere but can opportunistically cause allergy or infection to people with some kinds of vulnerability. Mine appears to be genetic, and managing my condition takes about 90 minutes each day, with nebulised medicines and very precise chest drainage physio. Running is my salvation – I loved it anyway but now i do it to keep as well as I can. I’m also very lucky to be well enough to have a good baseline, lots of friends from my Aspergillosis community are less fortunate. I’m also helped by 2 amazing NHS hospitals – Royal Brompton where I am a patient and where i recently spent 11 days having intravenous antibiotics – an occasional hazard of my condition, made all the more hazardous by proximity to the clothes shops of the King’s Road Chelsea. And the Wythenshawe in Manchester which is the national centre of excellence for this condition and where a lot of patient support initiatives are run, which people with aspergillosis anywhere in the world can tap into. So – my life has changed beyond recognition, and some of my future aspirations are a bit in doubt due to this condition, but I’m still here – and thanks to my ultra boost of antibiotics recently, I’m hoping to run 10k. Please donate, as fungal infection is on the rise worldwide – perhaps due to climate change (disclaimer – I’m not 100% sure on that), and it is a scary thing to deal with.
Fran raised an excellent £156 for the Fungal Infection Trust with this event. Go here for more details
Roger Ryder’s wife Ruth organised a collection in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust in Memory of Roger who died in August 2017 of aspergillosis. Incredibly that collection has now exceeded £4500 which must serve as a reminder of how much Roger was loved by everyone he knew and missed by all.
The fundraising page is still open and continues to build!
Dave MacIntyre’s wife Julie and son David have run an annual fundraiser in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust for several years and 2017 is no exception. Asking for £1 donations in memory of Dave MacIntyre senior who passed away from aspergillosis, they have a target of £500.
Thank you for thinking of the Fungal Infection Trust Julie & Dave.
To donate your £1 go to their Virgin Money Giving page
12 hour Soul Music Charity Day, organised by Willie Windle and good friends Soulchoons, on August Bank Holiday Sunday at the Price of Wales Hotel, Southport.
The event raised an excellent £2327.00 from ticket sales, CD’s & badges and a further £175.00 from the sale of FIT Ribbons made by Jill Fairweather.
Total Raised £2502.00 plus online donations
Thank you Willie and friends for all your fundraising work which will now be put to very good use to support one of our research causes.
John Masson held a cycling personal challenge in August 2017 and raised £850 for the Fungal Infection Trust in memory of his niece Steph Smith who passed away suddenly from a form of aspergillosis. Steph would have been 30 on the day of the challenge (August 19th) and is clearly still much missed by family and friends.
This fundraiser is the latest of several run by Stephs family that have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Fungal Infection Trust.
Many thanks for your efforts John, the money will go into our funds to support fungal research.
Read a history of the Steph Smith Fundraising Appeal by clicking on this link.
15 cyclists, led by Darren McNeil travelled through 5 countries in 5 days. The “Z to Z” Tour departed from Zurich in Switzerland on September 9th and ended in Zeebrugge in Belgium via Germany, France, and Luxembourg – a distance of 650 miles.
As part of this challenge, the team raised a highly welcome £1300 for The Fungal Infection Trust as Darren’s wife lives with aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs which is usually incurable. FIT funds research into aspergillosis and these new funds will go towards one of our research causes.
Many thanks to Darren and his incredible team for raising funds during this amazing event.
Jackie Cormi’s daughter Kirstie ran/cycled & swam her first triathlon in July 2017 in memory of her mother, successfully raising a brilliant £1400 for the Fungal Infection Trust. Jackie Passed away in May 2015.
That money will now be used to put towards one of our research causes.
Darren McNeil is to take on another challenge in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust. In September 2017 he will cycle from Zurich to Zeebrugge across 5 countries in 5 days: Darren comments:
In September I will be embarking on another cycling challenge following on from my Blackpool – Paris, Paris – Nice trips in 2013 and 2015.
This time the 15 cyclists and “our man in ‘avana” will traverse through 5 countries in 5 days.
Our “Z to Z” Tour Departs from Zurich in Switzerland on September 9th and ends in Zeebrugge in Belgium via Germany, France and Luxembourg – a distance of 650 miles.
The trip is a personal experience that I pay for myself but as on previous tours I have set myself the challenge of raising some money for The Fungal Infection Trust – the charity which funds research into Aspergillosis which is what my wife Lisa suffers from.
With the advent of Brexit the former EU funding that a lot of the research and treatment depended on has been stopped and so any money raised is wholeheartedly appreciated by the trust and by us personally.
Thanks for visiting my page and if you can donate any amount thank you very much.
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Good luck Darren!
Jackie Cormie very sadly passed away in May 2017 and in her memory her daughter Kirsty is to raise money for the Fungal Infection Trust by competing in her first triathlon in July 2017. Triathlon is an arduous event involving a 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run so it will require enormous determination for Kirsty to complete this challenge. Support her and Jackie’s memory by donating using the link below.
Kirsty’s words follow:
Jackie Cormie 22/10/1953 – 20/05/2015
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.
Aspergillus is a terrible, debillitating lung infection to which my beloved mum tragically lost her life in May 2015.
My mum is greatly missed by many every day, and in her memory I would like to raise some money for The Fungal Infection Trust to support research into new treatments for this condition. My mum was the kindest person and loved all animals so I would also like donate to the Tree of Life for Animals project in India which provides treatment, love and compassion to the thousands of owner less animals that reside on India’s streets.
I will be competing in my first ever triathlon in July 2017.
I know my mum will be looking down on me thinking I am mad, but I know she will be with me the whole way.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated xxxxx
Visit Kirstie Fawbert’s fundraising page here