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Hundreds of individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their families across Scotland have benefited from the unique and targeted support services provided by The Leanne Fund over the last 12 years.

As the charity marks its 12th anniversary, today (Tuesday February 1), it continues to develop the range of services provided and looks to expand into further regions of Scotland.

From its base in Stornoway, the charity now offers services across the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, the Northern Isles and Tayside – taking services coast to coast across Scotland currently supporting approximately 250 individuals and their families.

The Leanne Fund was founded by the family of the late Leanne Mitchell to give real and practical help to those affected by CF. 

The organisation is run by a Board of Trustees and one employee. The Fund is the only Cystic Fibrosis support organisation offering a unique range of services, meeting individuals and families at their point of need.

Charity founders, Chrisetta and Willie Mitchell said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of The Leanne Fund since it was set up in 2010. 

“The legacy created in Leanne’s memory has and continues to make a difference to the lives of literally hundreds of individuals and families affected by CF across Scotland over the last 12 years and we feel truly humbled by the support of everyone who has partnered with us to make this possible.” 

 

Many service users have expressed their appreciation for the ongoing support of The Leanne Fund.

The Masson family from Aberdeen recently received a Pamper Hamper for their daughter, Brooke, who was in hospital for essential treatments.

They said: “Thank you so much for Brooke’s lovely gifts, they really did cheer her up. “You are all amazing and thank you once again for going above and beyond, it’s greatly appreciated.”

A recipient of equipment through the ‘Get Active’ service, commented: “Thank you so much for your help! I love my new exercise bike.  It will make all the difference to me just now and I am so grateful to The Leanne Fund!!”

The CF Teams across the regions play a pivotal role in ensuring the Fund reaches all those in need.

Ellen, Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary said: “I have only been working with the CF team for six months, but I have seen first-hand how the Leanne Fund has had a positive impact on our patients. The wide range of support that you provide and tailor to meet the needs of patients in need is amazing, thank you for all you do.” 

Ann Marie Murray, Chair of The Leanne Fund said: “Looking back to when we started, I don’t think any of us could have ever predicted the success and growth of the Fund, and the number of people that we have been able to support over the past 12 years.

“The continued success of the Fund is down to Willie and Chrisetta’s vision 12 years ago, their unfaltering work since, and the wonderful support of our growing band of volunteers that continue to selflessly give their time. 

“The Fund is Leanne’s legacy, and we look forward with dedication and hope for the prospects the next 12 years will bring.”

As the Covid pandemic continues, there remain challenges for The Leanne Fund’s service users and services offered by the charity have been adapted to meet increased demand. Remaining active is an essential part of maintaining wellbeing for CF sufferers and as a result The Leanne Fund’s ‘Get Active’ service has been inundated with applications for fitness equipment to allow people to take regular exercise in their own homes.

The Fund’s counselling and mindfulness service has also seen unprecedented demand as individuals and families struggled to cope with feelings of isolation and loneliness brought about by the strict shielding guidance for those affected by the illness.

The Leanne Fund relies on fundraising and donations to fund the vast range of vital services offered and with covid restrictions now easing they hope to return to face-to-face fundraising and events.