LMB staff have raised over £1500 for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust at the annual charity Christmas raffle, supported by the sale of Christmas decorations and gifts made by members of the LMB Craft and Chatter group and of a festive beer made by the LMBrewers. Each year a charity is chosen because of the support they have provided to members of staff or their families.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people in the UK. One in 25 carries the disease-causing gene, usually without knowing. People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system, and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust aims to create a world where being born with cystic fibrosis no longer means a lifelong burden of care and an early death, so that everyone living with the condition will be able to look forward to a long, healthy life. The Trust funds research to find new and better treatments for cystic fibrosis, campaigns for better care and services for people with the disorder, and provides information and support to people living with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.
The LMB has held a Christmas raffle since the early 1970s and has supported many local and national charities. This year, for the second time, money was also raised from the sale of a large variety of beautiful, handmade items created by members of the LMB Craft and Chatter group. These included all sorts of brightly coloured ornaments, Christmas decorations, and gifts. Since 2000, the LMB has raised around £26,000 for charity at Christmastime.