CHRISETTA MITCHELL, BCAv
Isle of Lewis
Nine years ago, Chrisetta lost her daughter, Leanne aged 21, to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Following this, she set up The Leanne Fund, with her husband William. The Leanne Fund provides support to CF sufferers and their families across the Highlands and Islands, where throughout Leanne’s illness, no such support had been available to them.
From 2010 to 2016, The Leanne Fund was run on a voluntary basis by Chrisetta from home, whilst she was still employed full time. During this time, she set up a committee to help organise fundraising activities including an annual 5K run, Dusk2Dawn overnight walk, raffles and tea parties. This included The Magnificent Seven where she climbed seven Munros in one day and ‘500miles4Leanne’ where she and four friends walked 100 miles each non-stop.
Since 2010 over £400,000 has been raised by The Leanne Fund. When a CF family is in need The Leanne Fund now has the resource available to contribute to the practical and financial support that is such a negative impact of the illness. CF sufferers can spend long periods in hospital, which can be difficult for parents in employment, the support offered by The Leanne Fund, takes some of this pressure away in an already stressful situation.
Nominated by: Angusina Stewart