January 22, 2011: Normally fire or smoke inhalation kills. However, when The George Hotel was destroyed by fire in December 2008, it prompted investigations resulting in the finding of a potentially life shortening condition for one Hatherleigh resident.
Having been treated for asthma since childhood it was initially thought that the smoke inhalation had caused his asthma to ‘flare up'. Lung function tests, chest X-ray and little improvement with the conventional treatment indicated that this wasn't just asthma. A blood test confirmed this.
At the age of 26, he was found to have Alpha - 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1ATD) – an inherited condition causing lung and/or liver damage. Immediate advise to anyone with A1ATD is not to smoke, avoid smoky environments and not to drink alcohol. Further investigations revealed that he already has emphysemic lung changes. Ignoring advise would mean worsening lung and liver function and ultimately the likelihood of premature death….
Please help to save other lives!
In response to this, Chris Brown-Martin has organised a sponsored kayak from Hatherleigh along the rivers Lew and Torridge to Bideford – 26miles approx. - in March (date dependant on tide times).
The event will be supporting 3 charities:-
- Alpha-1 Awareness UK
- Cancer Research UK
- Devon Air Ambulance Trust
As well as the kayaking, for the not so brave, there will be a sponsored cycle ride – 20miles approx. - the tarka trail following a similar route as the rivers.
For further information please contact Chris on 01837 811042 or Lyn on 07500134543 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sponsorship forms will be held by the participants and also available for you to add your support at various locations in Hatherleigh includingThe George Hotel, The Tally Ho, The Bridge Inn, Texaco Garage, Post Office, Community Centre and The Medical Centre.
If you would like to make a donation directly please visit the Just Giving website at 1 or all 3 of the following links:-
http://www.justgiving.com/Kayak-and-cycle-Event2 (Alpha-1 Awareness UK)
http://www.justgiving.com/Kayak-and-cycle-Event0 (Cancer Research UK )
http://www.justgiving.com/Kayak-and-cycle-Event1 (Devon Air Ambulance Trust)