Barrie Grimshaw took on the 250m long, 13m high zip wire at North Yorkshire Water Park to raise money for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity Pulmonary Fibrosis fund after his wife was diagnosed.

For his 83rd birthday, Barrie made the decision to book the zip wire and take on the fundraising challenge with his grandchildren. The five of them made a day of it in North Yorkshire Water Park, where Barrie was the oldest person, they have ever had on the zip wire!

Barrie wanted to take on the challenge to raise awareness and funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis after his wife Margaret was diagnosed three years ago with lung disease.

18 months before her diagnosis Margaret was very active, taking on fundraising challenges herself such as climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge when one morning Margaret was on holiday and couldn’t do a full length in the pool, she realised something wasn’t right, and Margaret and Barrie’s life changed when she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred.

The Sheffield Hospital Charity Pulmonary Fibrosis fund covers research done by Sheffield-based scientists, refreshments, and meeting rooms for the support group.

The group was massive support for Margaret during COVID as it had a huge impact on her mental health.

The diagnosis has been life-changing for Margaret and Barrie as they had an active lifestyle and now Margaret struggles to walk up the stairs without running out of breath. To raise money towards research around Pulmonary Fibrosis is a huge achievement for Barrie and Margaret, and we are so thankful to Barrie for taking on this incredible challenge.

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