Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team (COPD) receives double donation

The wife of a gentleman whose quality of life was improved by the Carlisle COPD rehabilitation team before he died, has donated money to the team for new equipment.

Rhona Brown aged 72 donated money, which was given by her late husband’s many and family friends at his funeral in Castle Carrock and later from a party which was planned to celebrate their golden wedding.

Colin Brown age 72 was known as Sam to his friends. Rhona said “Sam was one of a large family who have all been affected by lung conditions. He had also worked in dusty conditions for a lot of his working life which didn’t help.  Sam was admitted to hospital in June 2014 and spent the next few months going in and out of hospital with various ailments and sadly died of pneumonia in April 2015.”

Rhona continued: “As his condition deteriorated Sam was unable to walk without oxygen. Life wasn’t very happy at that point. Gail Newton, COPD Nurse visited us at home, talked to us at a level we understood, which made us more comfortable. Sam was a country man and he felt quite despondent at times not being able to get out and about. If it wasn’t for Gail and the team things would have been much worse.”

Gail said: “Sam was very brave and determined. Even though he knew he wasn’t getting better he was determined to make the most of the time he had getting out and about with his oxygen and Rhona’s support. Knowing what to expect allowed him to make his own decisions about what he wanted to happen. “

Rhona and Sam were due to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary but Sam passed away before they could. Rhona explained: “I didn’t want to sit at hope moping and thinking about what might have been so I decided to organise a hog roast event in the village hall. Sam was very popular in the village.”

The total raised by family and friends at the event and from Sam’s funeral was almost £2000 . This was kindly donated by Rhona to the Trust’s Charitable Fund. Rhona said: “We just wanted to help other people in the same situation.”

Gail added: “Sam loved the local community and he would be delighted that Rhona has done something so positive both with funeral donations and with this event. It has enabled the team to get more equipment to help others in Sam’s situation.”