Corby woman organises charity ball to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis

Leanne McVeigh with her son, Kaydyn
Leanne McVeigh with her son, Kaydyn

A Corby woman whose son has cystic fibrosis has organised a charity ball to raise awareness of the condition.

Leanne McVeigh’s son Kaydyn, nine months, was diagnosed with the genetic lung condition just three weeks after being born.

And now she is hoping for a big turnout for the event, which is taking place at the Best Western Hotel in Corby on Friday, September 4.

She said: “We’ve had a great response so far and have sold about 150 tickets, but we’d like to sell even more.

“Not many people know about cystic fibrosis and it has been described as a bit of an invisible illness, so I’m trying to raise awareness for it and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at the same time.”

Leanne also praised the staff at Kettering General Hospital, who she described as ‘incredible’.

She said: “We’ve been in constant contact with them ever since Kaydyn was diagnosed and they’ve been brilliant, especially Dr Rao and Shirley Talbot who are always at the end of the phone.

“Just last week Kaydyn was a bit chesty and a physio was out within the hour, I can’t thank them enough.”

Cystic Fibrosis Trust community fundraiser Claire Milloy said: “This is an amazing event that Leanne is organising to raise vital funds and awareness for those who have cystic fibrosis.

“Money raised by this ball will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments.

“It will also provide support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and help the trust to drive up standards in medical care.”

Playing at the event are popular Corby rock band Dirty Money, with raffle prizes set to include a holiday and a trip to London Zoo.

Tickets cost £5 and can be bought by contacting Leanne on 07835 508927 or by email at leannemcveigh1@aol.co.uk.