Double lung transplant dad from St Albans inspires fundraising run

Michelle, Olivia, Noah and Philip Broadley.

Michelle, Olivia, Noah and Philip Broadley. - Credit: Archant

Family and friends of a dad awaiting a life-saving double lung transplant are taking part in a fun run to raise money for the hospital where he is being treated.

Dad of two Philip Broadley, 34, from the King Harry area of St Albans, was born with bronchiectasis, a severe lung condition that causes chronic coughing, breathlessness and coughing up blood. He is being treated at Harefield Hospital in London and is on the waiting list to receive a new pair of lungs.

Philip and his wife Michelle have two children, four-year-old Olivia, who suffers from the same condition, and eight-year-old Noah.

Michelle has convinced 25 friends and family to join her in the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity 5k Fun Run on Sunday, September 10, as ‘Team Broadley’.

She said: “Philip’s not just my husband, he’s my best friend. Going forward for the transplant has been a real rollercoaster.

“We’ve had some really down days, especially when we think we could face this all over again with our daughter Olivia in years to come, but somehow we pick ourselves back up again - largely thanks to our beautiful happy children, and supportive family and friends.

“The health situation is out of our control, so it feels good to do something we can control which could improve so many lives.”

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Philip’s mum Sue is also taking part in the run. She said: “I’m taking part to support my son and his family. I am so proud of them for handling their situation so bravely.

“This is my way of giving something back and supporting the hospital for all it has given us and will continue to give us for many years.”

This year, the Harefield Fun Run will be opened by world-renowned heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. The day will include arts and crafts stalls, a circus workshop, dance displays and local food stalls.

Michelle’s parents Sue and Tom, who are joining in with the run, said: “We hope that by our small token we can highlight this worthy cause because there are too few donors and because it is something close to our hearts.”

Michelle said: “I would say, simply, please don’t wait for it to be your loved one in need of an organ to become a donor. Too many people don’t get their transplants in time.”