CHATTERIS man Brian Hill has successfully completed the Ben Nevis Challenge to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Brian and over 30 other people from around the UK climbed the largest mountain in Britain on Saturday to raise money for a charity which is very close to home.
Brian’s son Edward has Cystic Fibrosis and this was his second tough challenge - his first was a sky dive nine years ago - to raise money for the Trust to contribute towards finding a cure for the disease, help with research for preventing lung damage and raise awareness of this life-threatening condition.
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. It is caused by a faulty gene that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells within the body.
This affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food.
Carriers who have the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis have a one in four chance of having a baby with CF.
Each week, five babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis and each week, sadly two young lives are lost to Cystic Fibrosis.
Currently half of the CF population will live past 41 years of age, and improvements in treatments mean a baby born today is expected to live even longer - thanks to the hard work of research and fundraising by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.