Ian Ritchie Foundation donates more equipment to Bristol hospitals for patients with cystic fibrosis

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 May 2017

The Ian Ritchie Foundation at Nationwide in Weston-super-Mare High Street.

The Ian Ritchie Foundation at Nationwide in Weston-super-Mare High Street.

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Medical equipment to help people who have cystic fibrosis has been donated to a hospital thanks to the Ian Ritchie Foundation.

The charity was set up in memory of Weston-super-Mare man Ian Ritchie, who had cystic fibrosis and died after an operation which had hoped to improve his quality of life.

The foundation is working with Nationwide Building Society, in Weston, and received £5,000 from the bank’s social investment team.

The money has bought 20 eFlow nebulisers, which quickly deliver drugs directly to the lungs.

Many people with cystic fibrosis currently use older devices, which take longer to use and are not as portable.

The equipment will be given to the cystic fibrosis units at Bristol Children’s Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Ian’s sister Carolyn Ritchie said: “These nebulisers will make a tremendous difference to those fighting cystic in the South West, and we look forward to further building our partnership with Nationwide.”

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