Last month I took part alongside many other MPs and celebrities, sporting stars in the annual charity football match to help raise money for vital research to beat cystic fibrosis.
After their shock defeat last year, the CFT XI reclaimed the trophy by a narrow 6-5 margin.
CFT XI skipper Dalton Grant bagged a superb hat-trick in what was an even contest involving Mark McLennan, a 29-year-old with cystic fibrosis.
Other players included Angus Deayton, British high jumper Dalton Grant, Olympic rowing champion Mark Hunter DJ Spoony and Gavin Ramjaun.
The event was sponsored by National Grid.
The annual fixture between MPs and celebrities in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is now in its eleventh year. Sponsored by the National Grid, the charity football match was launched in memory of Nicky West, who had cystic fibrosis and was a tireless ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This year’s game was all the more poignant as it is the Trust’s 50th year.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition – only half live to celebrate their 40th birthday. It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust said the event raised more than £30,000 for its work.
You can find out more about cystic fibrosis and this event by visiting cysticfibrosis.org.uk
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Cystic Fibrosis Trust XI
Manager: Phil French, Cystic Fibrosis Trust Sport Ambassador
UK Parliamentary FC
Manager: Lawrie McMenemy, Football Association
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Find out more at: cysticfibrosis.org.uk or call our helpline 0300 373 1000
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is in its 50th year. But we are not celebrating until we have beaten cystic fibrosis for good. We are here to make a daily difference to the lives of those with cystic fibrosis, and the people who care for them. Fighting it is a battle we must win. That’s why we must keep working for and fundraising for change.
Most people don’t understand what cystic fibrosis is, or what it does, until someone close to them is affected by it. They soon discover it’s a life-shortening genetic condition - only half live to celebrate their fortieth birthday.
Cystic fibrosis directly affects around 10,000 people in the UK.
The faulty gene is carried by over two million people in the UK, most of whom have no idea. If two carriers have children, there’s a one in four chance their child will have the condition, which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.
People with cystic fibrosis often look perfectly healthy. But it’s a lifelong challenge involving a vast daily intake of drugs, time-consuming physiotherapy and isolation from others with the condition. It places a huge burden on those around them and the condition can critically escalate at any moment.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is here to beat it and make a daily difference to the lives of those with cystic fibrosis, and the people who care for them. Fighting it is a battle we must win. That’s why we must keep working for and fundraising for change. That's why we must develop better treatments and, ultimately, a cure. Find out more at: HYPERLINK "http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/" \o "http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/" www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk or call our helpline 0300 373 1000.
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