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Gabby Logan presents inaugural
Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund Awards

On 20th March, Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund (CFHF) held their third annual reception at the Virgin Money Lounge, Piccadilly, London, sponsored by CLC World.

The evening was dedicated to raising awareness of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), the importance of the Fund’s Family Revitalise programme, recognising the achievements of those who work with and campaign for greater knowledge of the condition and the need for the CF drug Orkambi to be available on the NHS.

The Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund’s Family Revitalise programme provides funded holidays to children, young people and their families and is made possible by CLC World’s donation of free accommodation at their resorts.

Graham Wilding, UK Managing Director, stated: “The value of holidays for families struggling with CF is demonstrated through the psychological uplift that follows and which has a direct impact on the effectiveness of treatments and subsequent measurable health outcomes.”

CLC World’s Charity Ambassador, Gabby Logan, presented the awards, saying: “I feel really privileged to be presenting the awards to five people who have gone that extra mile to make people aware of the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund, raise money for the cause and do all this while living with the effects of CF.”

The awards were:

Outstanding Young Person – Hannah Lindley

Hannah Lindley, who was unable to attend due to the presence of another person with CF, was recognised for her wonderful ambassadorship of the CF Holiday Fund and for her strength and resilience in very testing times.

Community Fundraiser of the Year – Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes set up ‘Friends of CF’ in 2009 following the death of his daughter Leah from the condition. He said: “We were fortunate to benefit from the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund in 2009 when we had a most memorable visit to London with Leah just before she passed.” The ‘Friends of CF’ have hosted the annual Leah’s Ball ever since with money raised going to the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund and other CF charities.

Lifetime Service Award – Ruth & Ian Gordon
The Stuart Gordon Fund assists families affected by CF and other chronic ailments and was formed by Ruth and Ian in memory of their son Stuart who died aged just 23 in 1996 from CF. Ruth and Ian have run multiple fundraising events every year and the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund has been a major beneficiary of their hard work.

Outstanding NHS CF Team Member – Katie Smith
Katie Smith is a Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker at Southampton Children’s Hospital and was recognised for her enormous assistance to the Fund’s Family Revitalise programme in the Southampton area, nominating families, assisting with the paperwork and offering advice.

In 2019, Katie has designed a pilot project to measure health improvements in patients participating in the Family Revitalise programme by recording lung functions and other key indicators before and after the break. The Fund is immensely grateful for her support, skill, empathy and enthusiasm.