Mintlaw women raise cash for lung disease research

The Mintlaw women with the cheque for �1,800 which is set to benefit those who suffer from lung disease.
The Mintlaw women with the cheque for �1,800 which is set to benefit those who suffer from lung disease.

Folk in the north-east suffering from lung disease are set to benefit after three Mintlaw women raised £1,800 for the chest clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Brenda Chalmers’s husband Steven was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis back in 2010.

This condition causes the lungs to thicken and this stops oxygen getting from the lungs into the blood.

Steven passed away earlier this year and spent his final years doing as much as he could to raise awareness of the condition.

Brenda told the Buchanie: “Steven had been talking about raising money for the Grampian Interstitial Lung Disease group and that’s when the idea of climbing Ben Nevis came up.

“It was said as a joke at first by his best friend Sandra.

“However, the more we thought about it, the more it became reality so we planned to climb the mountain in the summer given the better weather, believing Steven would be here to see us complete it.”

“Unfortunately, Steven died on March 21 this year ,” said Brenda.

“Completing the climb was very important to us so my daughter Vikki, Sandra and myself went ahead with the ascent of Ben Nevis on July 22.

“It took us seven-and-a-half hours to complete but it was worth every step.

“I am so grateful to all of our family and friends who sponsored us so generously.”

Brenda added that a number of friends weren’t able to take part in the Ben Nevis trip so decided to climb Lochnagar instead, bringing the grand total raised to £2,450.

The cheque was handed over to Dr Owen Dempsey (Chest Physician) at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who said: ‘We are really grateful to Brenda and her friends for raising this huge amount of money, particularly at this difficult time, and sorry we could not have done more to help Steven.

“Pulmonary fibrosis is a devastating condition for which there is no cure, but there is a lot of research currently to try and find medicines that will help.

“Steven was well known to us all at the chest clinic and amazingly effective at raising awareness of pulmonary fibrosis.

“We will use this kind donation to help fund on-going research activity for patients here in Grampian.”