Oak tree and time capsule planted at Royal Bolton Hospital to mark first anniversary of Bolton Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

An oak tree and time capsule were planted at the Royal Bolton Hospital today, as part of Manchester Airport’s 80th Birthday Oak Tree Celebration.

They were awarded to the Bolton Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, which supports people with the lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis.

The time capsule, which is planted under the tree, contains present day knowledge of the disease, a CD with current day news coverage on the disease and a map of hospital as it is today. The Plaque beside the tree will read; ‘This oak tree has been planted to commemorate the formation of the Bolton Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. 15 February 2018.’

Breathing in and breathing out is the most natural thing in the world, unless you suffer from the devastating lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis. It gradually destroys the lungs, making breathing difficult.  Around 70,000 people in the UK have pulmonary fibrosis with half suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which has no known cause or cure.  6,000 die each year of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – more than the better-known leukaemia. The average life expectancy from diagnosis is between three and five years.

Steve, who has spearheaded the support group in Bolton along with founding members John Latham and Ken Ruscoe, said:

“The planting of the tree and time capsule is a fitting tribute to our patient support group and also marks our first anniversary. Knowing the tree and time capsule will be around long after its present members have passed on will be a reminder that people cared and gave their time and effort to support each other – remembering that ‘from little acorns great things grow’.”

 Michaela Bowden, Respiratory Nurse Specialist at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

 “I’m very pleased that by having the tree and time capsule in the hospital grounds we are able to raise awareness of this disease and mark the formation of the local support group.”

 Steve Jones, Chair of Trustees for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, said:

 ‘’Since the charity began in 2013 we have helped grow the number of support groups across the UK from six to 67.  The support group in Bolton has proved invaluable in helping patients and carers meet each other, develop mutually supportive relationships and be informed on treatment options.  The planting of the tree and time capsule is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the group.”

 The support group in Bolton offers support for anyone affected by pulmonary fibrosis in the area. This includes patients, their families, carers and friends.   The group meets on the second Thursday of every month at the Bolton CVS Hub, Bold Street Bolton, BL1 1LS, 2.00pm- 4.00pm. For more information contact Stephen Milward or John Latham on admin@boltonpulmonaryfibrosis.org or just turn up on the day.

They in turn are supported by the national charity, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.


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