Honouring Laura

Brave Laura is the inspiration for charity fundraising drive

The courage and inspiration of a young Lancashire mum is behind a new fundraising drive to raise cash for research in to Cystic Fibrosis and to help the homeless.

Mum-of-one Laura Black, from Padiham, died in March last year aged 36, after a long and brave battle against the illness.

Laura shared the story of her fight with Cystic Fibrosis, her battle to live a normal life and her wait for a transplant operation that could have transformed her life, with an inspirational online blog.

Now one of her closest friends, Kim Logan, who runs a community interest company based in Leyland, is putting together a special fundraising event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 

And she is looking for the Lancashire/North West business community to come together to support the fundraising efforts.The charity dinner, on Friday March 16 at Leigh Sports Village, will also raise money for Teardrops, an organisation that supports the homeless in the St Helens and Halton areas.

The evening will include a three-course meal, first-class entertainment, a raffle and silent auction, as well as presentations from both charities.

Kim, managing director of ADR Mediation & Training CIC, which is organising the fundraiser, said: “Laura was such a brilliant, inspirational person, much loved and greatly missed.

“She was a great mum, always full of life, smiling and chatty. Her story and life was such an inspiration to so many people that we thought it would be a fitting tribute to put together an event to raise money to help combat the horrible illness she fought so hard against.”

She added: “Laura’s family will be there on the night, and we’re looking forward to an event which celebrates her life and is filled with fun, something Laura had in abundance.”

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carry the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, founded in 1964 we is dedicated to promoting excellence in research and clinical care, as well as providing practical support and advice to people with CF and their families.

The ‘Teardrops4CF’ evening will also raise money for the Teardrops organisation. Read more 

The team at ADR putting together the event are hoping to raise a total of £8,000 which will be divided between the two charities.

This short video, explains visually what life with Cystic Fibrosis is like...