Family donates £6000 to Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital

The family of a young mum who lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis have donated £6000 to University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust’s Cystic Fibrosis Unit.

When Zoë Parkin passed away in May 2013 leaving behind a loving husband and two beautiful daughters, her family and friends decided to do something special to honour her memory.

The Parkin family decided to set up a charity and raise funds for research for a cure and to support people living with the disease. Over the past two years they raised over £6000 by organising a wide range of fundraising events including dance exhibitions to sponsored walks, marathons, 5km and 10km runs, triathlons, raffles and casino nights.

Karen Johnston, Zoë’s aunt said: “We wanted to do something special in Zoë’s memory and at the same time say thank you to the remarkable man, Professor Kevin Webb. He works extremely hard for all his patients at Wythenshawe Hospital Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit and also offers lots of support to the families of patients. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last two years and hope they will continue to do so.”

Professor Kevin Webb said: “This wonderful donation to our adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit will improve the care and quality of life of our CF adults who come from all over the North –West. It is also an inspirational testimony to the memory of Zoë Parkin who had Cystic Fibrosis and for many years attended the Manchester adult CF centre.”

Jan Owen, Fundraising and Donations Manager at UHSM, said: “Huge thanks to Karen and her family for this fantastic donation which will go towards helping existing and future Cystic Fibrosis patients”.

UHSM’s Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre is one of the largest and longest established adult Cystic Fibrosis centres in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation. The unit offers a friendly, caring and supportive atmosphere for patients and, through research and clinical innovation aims to continually improve the management of Cystic Fibrosis.