Health workers raised £750 for COPD sufferers

Charity cyclists Zoe Pickup (left) and Audrey Judge (right) pictured outside Arbroath Infirmary at the end of their sixty mile trip.
Charity cyclists Zoe Pickup (left) and Audrey Judge (right) pictured outside Arbroath Infirmary at the end of their sixty mile trip.

MEMBERS of a support group for lung related illnesses completed a sponsored cycle run to raise money for their efforts at the weekend.

Physiotherapist Audrey Judge and respiratory nurse Zoe Pickup from Angus Community Health Partnership raised over £750 in a sponsored cycle to support people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The sponsored bike challenge began on Saturday morning at Monifieth Medical Practice at 8 a.m., taking in medical centres in Carnoustie, Brechin and Forfar before finally finishing after 60 miles at Arbroath Infirmary.

The funds will go towards maintaining support groups in Arbroath, Forfar and Brechin, which are run by people who have been through the pulmonary rehabilitation prorgramme.

COPD is a chronic lung condition that affects approximately 2,045 people in Angus.

Audrey and Zoe are involved in delivering pulmonary rehabilitation classes to respiratory patients living in Angus.

The classes are part of a roving programme delivered by Angus Community Health Partnership and aim to help people with COPD to learn how to manage their symptoms and re-gain control of their lives.

Audrey said: “These successful support groups are entirely patient-led and provide a great deal of support and encouragement for others with respiratory disease.

“We hope that completing the cycle challenge and raising funds will help support the continued great work of these groups.”