King’s Lynn networking group backs bid to fight little known disease

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Lynn’s 4Networking group has chosen to support a charity close to the heart of one of its members who lost her husband to a little-known disease.

The business group has decided to support Pulmonary Fibrosis Research as its chosen charity for 2015 in support of member Maureen Prior, of Lynn, whose late husband, Bill, was supported by the charity after he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2010.

Maureen, who is a distributor of Forever Living aloe vera products. said: “Bill was a very energetic and busy man and until the end of 2009 he was fit

and healthy. In December 2009 we enjoyed a lovely holiday in Gran Canaria walking miles and climbing many steps with ease.

“We had both had a cough for a couple of months but it didn’t bother us unduly. Suddenly in late January 2010, Bill had to stop and rest to get his breath when he walked 500 yards from our house. This was unusual and checks revealed that he had Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. It seemed little was known about the disease and there is no cure. Even a biopsy did not show the cause.

“This horrible disease meant that my strong and capable husband was quickly reduced to being breathless walking to another room.

“Just over seven months later, a routine scan showed the development of three sites of cancer. These led to his death just nine months after he first became breathless. Research is badly needed to help people such as Bill.”

Nikki Butlin, 4Networking regional leader, said members immediately responded to Maureen’s appeal to support Pulmonary Fibrosis Research: “At our Christmas party, Maureen announced that, in lieu of cards, she would be donating to Pulmonary Fibrosis Research in honour of her husband. Early in the New Year, the King’s Lynn 4Networking team took the decision to support the charity further.

Nikki said that donations, or “fines”, were made at meetings where there was plenty of banter. She said: “ We ‘fine’ any unfunny, although in reality hugely funny, comments or if a member’s mobile phone rings during our session.”

It’s a lighthearted atmosphere and we donate any ‘fines’ to charity, so we are delighted to support a charity that is close to one of our member’s heart.”