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Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis: JCP Directors tackle Three Peaks Challenge

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September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, and on 29 September 2023, our Director and Head of Residential Property Emma Gilroy and Director and Head of Lifetime Planning Chris Shaw will play their part by taking on the ultimate hiking feat: the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Over 24 hours, Emma, Chris and a team from  Emma’s local gym, Simply Gym in Llansamlet, will summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon all to raise money for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The cause is particularly close to Emma’s heart. Emma said: “This is going to be a huge challenge, but one I am very much motivated to do in memory of my Mum.

“Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) causes the usually spongy tissue in the lungs to become hard and thickened. This thickening increases and spreads through the lung becoming more and more difficult for the sufferer to breathe. Everyday tasks like walking, talking, going to the toilet, washing and even eating become increasingly difficult and in the end impossible.

“Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis (APF) is a growing community of patients, families, researchers and healthcare professionals striving to find a cure for pulmonary fibrosis so that everyone affected by the disease has a better future, and we are so proud to be doing this challenge for them.”

Chris added: “The charity do brilliant work and, although the three peaks challenge is going to be a real test of stamina and endurance, it will raise vital funds for an important cause. Action For Pulmonary Fibrosis provides personalised support to patients and families, and raises awareness of pulmonary fibrosis through campaigning, fundraising and education. They are also committed to funding research to improve the quality of life for people living with pulmonary fibrosis today and tomorrow.”

The National Three Peaks Challenge will see Emma, Chris and their team walking the highest mountains in Scotland, Wales and England over 24 hours, travelling to the next mountain as soon as they have descended the last.

A total walking distance of 23 miles (37km), total ascent of 3064 metres (10,052 ft) and driving distance of 462 miles, it will put the team to the ultimate test of endurance for an incredibly worthwhile cause during the Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month.

The team at JCP wish Emma and Chris all the best for this remarkable challenge. To find out more about Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month and to donate, click here.