North Pickenham mum presents chairs to Cambridge ward in honour of son

Angela Porter-Manning presents the chair to Susan Wing and Rachel Godfrey, who are nurses at Papworth Hospital.
Angela Porter-Manning presents the chair to Susan Wing and Rachel Godfrey, who are nurses at Papworth Hospital.
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A mother has said a big thank you to people who helped her to raise £5,000 worth of equipment for the hospital ward which helped her late son.

Angela Porter-Manning, of North Pickenham, has achieved her dream of helping to make the lives of cystic fibrosis patients at Cambridge’s Papworth Hospital easier.

Her son Joshua sadly died at Papworth in April last year after a long battle with the condition.

Almost 10,000 people in the UK have the condition, which causes the body to produce thick mucus which affects the lungs and digestion system

Mrs Porter-Manning with help from Marham woman Chris Musgrove, whose son Christopher is also a CF sufferer, have been raising money to buy two physiotherapy chairs for the ward.

The pair launched their appeal in the Lynn News.

The chairs, which cost £2,883 each, have now arrived at the ward and are helping patients.

Mrs Porter-Manning said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support.

“The chairs are so comfortable and they are electric so the position can be moved. It is nice for people with CF to have a chair like this so they can get comfortable without sitting in bed. The wooden chairs can be quite uncomfortable.

“I am surprised we have raised the money so quickly.”

The appeal received a big boost from the Bounce Trust, a group set up by parents to help children with CF, which paid for one of the chairs.

People across West Norfolk have also supported the appeal by attending a disco in Narborough along with a car wash in Tottenhill. There have also been numerous donations along with the sales of a calendar.

Friends of Mrs Porter-Manning designed and paid for the calendars, which feature her Hungarian Vizsla and Weimaraners, to be printed. There are still copies available.

But Mrs Porter-Manning has not finished fundraising for the hospital as she is now hoping to buy a £5,000 ventilator for the ward. She plans to install a plaque honouring Joshua on this machine.

Mrs Porter-Manning said: “Joshua was really impressed by this machine after using it for six or seven months. He felt it was a good machine and that is why I want to do it.”

She is also hoping to raise awareness of organ donation.

n If you would like to help Mrs Porter-Manning with her latest fundraising effort or buy a calendar, which costs £5 plus postage, call her on 01760 440225.