Tuesday 22 April 2014

Our annual abseil

We held our annual abseil event on Sunday. It was a bit chilly but at least the rain held off until the last ten minutes. We had twenty five adults and nine children doing the abseil and all had a lovely, if somewhat scary time.

Here we all are posing for a press photo. Lots of jittery laughter as the first group prepare to climb to the top of Dinas rock.

Does my bum look big in this ?

The children watch as the first one goes over the top.

The only way is down.

Our local MP, Roger Williams, has abseiled with us for four years now. This is just the sort of support we need - thanks Roger and to everyone else who took part and all those who came to help and support.

We have already collected £2,300 in donations, with plenty more still to come in, so, once more, a great event.

Monday 14 April 2014

Oxygen extends life

For those who need it, oxygen extends life. This was the message Alison Channing, the oxygen nurse from Baywater Healthcare brought us on Friday. The trouble is that many people think that breathlessness and low oxygen levels are the same thing - THEY ARE NOT ! That is a difficult concept to get your head around even for those of us who use oxygen regularly. They often go together but they are not the same thing.

It was nice to meet Alison and get to know her. She will come back later in the year and show us some of the equipment on offer for oxygen users and to tell us about plans for the future. The technology in this field is moving so fast, there is always something new. We have yet to be offered a lightweight method of delivering oxygen, so come on all you clever inventors out there. We want an oxygen container or a portable concentrator which is so lightweight it doesn't cause shoulder pain when carried for a long time. 

Monday 7 April 2014

Powys Silver Kite Award


Doug and I were very proud today to be invited to tea at the Abercrave Inn, with the Chairman of Powys County Council, Colonel John Brunt OBE TD, Elizabeth Protheroe, our local Councillor, David Thomas, the Head of British Lung Foundation Wales, Chris Mulholland and our neighbours Merle and David. This was so that we could be presented with our Silver Kite Awards for our work for British Lung Foundation Wales, campaigning and raising awareness of lung conditions. Over the years we have both enjoyed turning the negative experience of living with lung disease into something positive.