Wisbech teacher’s thanks

Pam Mohr
Pam Mohr
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Retired Wisbech teacher Pam Mohr took part in a sponsored walk at Ferry Meadows, near Peterborough, to fundraise for Papworth Hospital, where she underwent a life-saving transplant earlier this year.

Speaking after the three-mile event, Pam, 60, of Little Sutton, near Sutton Bridge, said she was thrilled at how easy she found the distance.

“It was very good and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It was a lovely day.

“There were a lot of other people taking part, and we just walked and chatted.

“Looking back to last year, I never envisaged I would complete it so easily – it really was a walk in the park!

“I did one-and-a-half miles with oxygen last year, and when I got to the first marker at three-quarters of a mile I’d already had enough, and I had that distance to do again.

“I thought I was never going to make it and I really did struggle. This time, it was really amazing.”

Pam, formerly the deputy headteacher at Wisbech’s Clarkson Nursery and Infant School, first began feeling unwell in 2008 when she developed nasal problems and a cough she couldn’t shake off.

Her health continued to deteriorate and in 2011, after suffering a collapsed lung, she was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease – an incurable condition causing severe scarring to the lungs.

The prognosis was not good and Pam was referred to Papworth Hospital where she was put under the care of a specialist team, which suggested she was a prime candidate for a transplant.

Eighteen months after going on the NHS Organ Donor Register a match was found and Pam underwent the six-hour operation on May 5. Three weeks and three days later she was allowed home, after making incredible progress.

Pam decided to speak out about her illness to help raise awareness about the acute shortage of donors.

She added: “I just want to thank all my amazing family and friends, and everyone at the Breathe Easy support group I attend in King’s Lynn for all their support.

“I’ve had lots of people get in touch, including some of my ex-pupils. There have been some lovely messages; it’s all been quite touching.

“I’m so pleased to be able to raise this money for Papworth Hospital – the operation has given me my life back, and this is my way of saying thank you to them.”

• Anyone who would like to sponsor Pam can still do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Pam-Mohr

• For more information about organ donation and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk