Jan 16 2013 By Jackie Grant
Teenager Rachael Lorimer was heartbroken when a terrible disease claimed the life of her aunt.
But she’s determined never to forget the woman she loved and is planning a fundraiser to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of Pauline Johnstone.
Pauline was only 46 years old when she passed away, leaving husband Andy and son Derek.
Nineteen-year-old Derek was also diagnosed with CF as a child and has been in and out of hospital with complications caused by the disease.
Dumfries High fifth year student Rachael said: “Not enough people are aware of cystic fibrosis and what it’s like to watch someone suffer with it.
“It was horrific when my aunt died, but also a relief that she wouldn’t be in any more pain.”
To help spread the word on the CF charity and the effects the disease has on the sufferer and their family, 16-year-old Rachael decided to organise an event at school on April 20.
And he has persuaded a number of Dumfries bands to perform.
Before the main fundraiser, Rachael and teacher Shona Cowie have organised a charity zumbathon at the school on March 2.
“I’m really into music and work as the promoter of The Vintage Lounge so I’ve plenty of contacts in the Dumfries music scene,” she said.
“I’m thrilled that so many bands have agreed to take part. It will be on all day from 12pm and tickets will be available at the door.
“I’m really looking forward to both events and hope as many people as possible come along to support us.
“The more people that are aware of cystic fibrosis, and the more money we raise, the better. It’s really important to me to do what I can for the charity.
“This is also a great way for us to remember my aunt, even though it would be impossible to forget her.”
● Rachael is still looking for sponsorship, donations or raffle prizes. Contact her at Dumfries High, on 01387 263061, or at email@example.com.