Mayor’s appeal to help cystic fibrosis patients

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 January 2016

(c) Adam Gault

Young people living with an incurable disease could benefit from a charity appeal being led by the Mayor of Exmouth.

Each year the mayor raises funds for a chosen charity, and this year Councillor Maddy Chapman has decided to raise money for cystic fibrosis patients.

Councillor Chapman says she has decided to support the cause because it affects young people, and because she is friends with Exmouth residents Sue and Andrew Stoneman, whose son Ashley has the condition.

Money raised by the mayor’s appeal will go towards the creation of a garden gym facility at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where sufferers can exercise in the open air to help clear their lungs.

They are not able to use the hospital’s regular gym because of a risk of cross contamination.

Cllr Chapman said: “It’s a one-off project, and I thought it was something people could relate to and support, because rather than put money in a bucket and not know where it’s going, they can go up to the hospital and see where it’s gone.”

The fundraising appeal suffered a setback before Christmas, when the annual Christmas Cracker, where a collection was to be held, had to be cancelled due to the anticipated high winds.

To help make up the shortfall, anyone who would like to support the project is invited to contact the mayor’s secretary, Julie Gregory, at the town hall, by calling 01395 276167.

Money for the cause will also be raised by the mayor’s charity ball, which will take place at the seafront Ocean complex on April 30.

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