Respiratory - Patient & Public Involvement

Setting the Pace

Saying Thanks: The family of Alfred Ridding, son Steve, daughter Penny and granddaughter Danielle are pictured below at the Great North Run raising money for Lincolnshire Community Health Services.

The family of a Halton Holegate man have raised money to thank the team which provides specialist care for him in his own home.

Alfred Ridding, 80, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and has received constant oxygen and supervision from Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) countywide community respiratory team for nearly seven years.

To thank the team for keeping him out of hospital for over two years, Alfred's son Steve, his daughter Penny and granddaughter Danielle have raised £2,606.47 after completing The Great North Run last year.  Danielle also completed the 2010 London Marathon.

The money will be used to fund a training tool which imitates the sounds of a patient's chest for teaching clinicians to diagnose respiratory conditions.
Alfred said: "I can honestly say that without the support of the LCHS community respiratory team I would not have been able to live out the remainder of my time in the comfort of my own home.

I am extremely appreciative of the excellent care I am receiving from these very special people.

Penny's sister Sue Watson also said:

We, as a family caring for someone with COPD, wanted to give something back to this special team of people. We will never be able to repay fully for the help that our father and we are receiving, but hopefully this goes some way to show our gratitude and at the same time helps raise awareness of this little-known terminal disease.

Respiratory Service Lead for LCHS, Julie Booker, was delighted with the donation from the Ridding family, adding that caring for Alfred is a "real joy". She said:

The generous donation will allow us to buy a specialist training tool which will help to teach clinicians about respiratory conditions. Previously we have used real patients, but this piece of equipment will give us more flexibility and time to care for our patients.