Students from Elmwood College’s NC General Studies course have raised £150, which they donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium.
The students chose this particular charity as one of their classmates suffers from cystic fibrosis. Ashley Parlane was diagnosed when she was only five and a half weeks old. She decided to tell her classmates early on into the course, so they would understand the condition.
Currently there is a national fundraising campaign to raise £6 million in just six weeks for a trial of new gene therapy, which could save the lives of thousands of people with cystic fibrosis. There is currently no cure for the disease and only half of those diagnosed with the disease are likely to live past their late 30’s, but now a team of scientists at The UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium are working to develop an innovative gene therapy that could prevent the development of lung damage in all patients.
Ashley commented, “The whole class got involved and sold home baking and raffle tickets to students and staff. The turnout was brilliant and we are delighted to have raised so much for the charity, as it means a lot to me. At the moment my health is good and the lecturers have been a great support. I am enjoying my time at Elmwood College and next year I want to continue my studies by enrolling on a Hospitality course.”
For more details visit www.cftrust.org.uk