Emma ThompsonMost of you are aware that we lost a valued colleague and friend in July. Dominic Ogden battled several illnesses over the years without complaint, and he passed away from complications caused by his rheumatic lungs. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more of the body than many people realise, and Dominic began suffering with it at the age of only 30. It is extremely debilitating and causes much pain and discomfort.

Between 27th December and 5th January I am climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my husband John. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s ‘Seven Summits’: the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.  It stands at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. So, while you are all enjoying a quiet Christmas and New Year, I will possibly be experiencing headaches, nosebleeds, nausea and fatigue; not to mention going without a shower. Lovely.

In memory of my unforgettable uncle and boss, I am dedicating the trip to him and donating all monies raised to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. This organisation provides a voice to patients suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. Their input in reviewing research proposals ensures that the research will have a direct benefit to patients’ lives.

Please visit my Just Giving page to make a donation in Dominic’s memory.

Thank you all,

Emma Thompson AMIDE

Author: E Thompson, QHSE Manager, DSR Demolition Ltd

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