CYSTIC FIBROSIS is one of the most common lung diseases in children. Around 10,400 people in the UK have cystic fibrosis; that’s 1 in every 2,500 babies born. Scientists however have been researching gene therapy, in an attempt to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Jessica was born with CF, some of us have known her since we were 5 yrs old, it’s an illness she has lived with all her life. Though you wouldn’t even know it, if you met her, as she is such a positive person who pushes herself to achieve anything she’s sets her mind to.
Jessica and her family are from Stocksfield, Northumberland they have already done their fair share of fundraising, having developed the Puffin Appeal Charity which has established the Respiratory Research Laboratories in Newcastle Hospitals.
Jessica is a hugely inspirational young woman who has travelled the world, graduated with a BA in Business and Management from Leeds Metropolitan, worked extremely hard in the hospitality industry and has raced in the Great North Run! to raise money for the CF Trust.
Jessica Spoor, age 29, from Stocksfield says ”A double lung transplant is my second chance at life”.
We are a group of Jessica’s close friends and as part of her 30th birthday celebration we knew that she would want to do something for the CF community alongside her own celebration. Jessica has undergone assessment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for a double lung transplant, this surgery is vital for her future. With this life-changing operation on the horizon it’s brought our friendship circle together closer than ever.
Montana Lowery, Photographer in London alongside school friends Jade Hobbs, Senior Audiologist in Gateshead, Charlotte Forest, Production Assistant in TV & Film in Glasgow, Holly Ward, Senior Project Analyst in London, Laura Hardy, HR Advisor in London and Victoria Hunter, Barlady working in Bayonne France got together and decided it was time to help her and other CF patients. All money raised will be directly donated to Ward J6 St James Hospital, Leeds.
So we asked ourselves…what can we do? Well we initially set up a Go Fund Me page with the goal low of £300, we weren’t sure what support we would get, but we smashed that within 24hrs, so we thought right, better set the target a little higher £3000 which we now have also exceeded. We have it currently set to £4000 but we would love to smash that target again in time for her birthday. We have achieved this by promoting our page and selling raffle tickets for our auction of prizes on the evening of the 12th.
Whats our goal now?
The countdown is on! we had the idea of reaching out to businesses to see if they can help us by:
- Raising awareness of CF, and educating people about the disease while sharing the link to the Go Fund Me page
- Donating prizes to be auctioned off on the evening of the 12th January
- Supporting the cause by making a direct donation to the Go Fund Me page
- Helping with endorsement and promotion of our event and getting other businesses involved.
We hope to create some limited edition T-shirts and Tote bags with the wonderful logo Charlotte Forest has designed, as well as a charity portrait session with Montana Lowery at her studio in London Stepthirtyone where people will email her to reserve a 2hr photoshoot and pay what they wish to receive a new headshot / portrait.
You can do as much or as little as you like, we started with nothing so we have nothing to loose, we just want to do our friend proud, do the best that we can and support her hospital and her.
Any help is massively appreciated.
You can see what we have already achieved here: https://www.gofundme.