Local girls raise £600 for lung disease support group

Local girls Megan McCorrmack and Kayleen and Keira Rutherford have raised �600 for the Southside Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group
Local girls Megan McCorrmack and Kayleen and Keira Rutherford have raised �600 for the Southside Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group

Three local girls have raised a whopping £600 for a lung disease support group by undertaking a 22-mile sponsored swim.

Megan McCormack and her friends, sisters Kayleen and Keira Rutherford, completed the swim to raise funds for the Southside Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group.

Megan’s gran, Ivy Dodds, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis two years ago - a disease which causes scarring of the lungs and causes the sufferer to have difficulty breathing.

While there is no cure for this disease, Ivy has luckily responded well to her treatment, and has been receiving support from the group which is based in New Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow.

The Southside Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group was set up by the husband of a patient who died from Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Dr Anderson, who is the Lead Respiratory Medicine Consultant for Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The group helps patients to cope with this life-changing disease, and has a respiratory nurse who is employed to organise activities and support patients with problems they may have. Tia Chi, art therapy, breathing techniques, information on the use of oxygen, holiday advice, palliative care and physiotherapy are just some of the the subjects covered. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month except for December.

If you suffer from Pulmonary Fibrosis and you would like to know more about this group please contact Ivy Dodds.

The girls’ fund-raising efforts are all the more poignant given that this week is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis awareness week.

To find out more about the support group visit their website, or to learn more about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, click here.

Well done, girls!