Hannah Noonan Campaign – #HaveALaughForPF

Hannah Noonan is set to tell a joke every day this month on social media in memory of her Co Antrim grandfather and raise funds for the Northern Trust Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group.

She has been contacting famous figures from all over Ireland with requests that they send jokes so she can share them online during their summer holiday break – generating plenty side splitting material!

One of the jokes Hannah will tell was given to her by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who is best known for her role as Hayley Cropper on the cobbles, who is patron of Action Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Speaking about her challenge, Hannah said: “Grandad was a very funny man who was always telling me, and my brother Mikey jokes.

“He encouraged us to do #jokeofthedaywithhannahandmikey on Instagram during lockdown to keep everyone’s spirits up and was very proud when we appeared on the RTÉ 1 Today Show with Maura and Daithi.

“I hope lots of people will search for #HaveALaughForPF and enjoy the jokes that have been sent to us and perhaps donate to the fundraiser,” she said.

Tony Devlin had been actively involved in the Northern Trust Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group (NTPFSG), a charity organisation and support network that is patient and carer-focused with clinicians, patients and carers working together to support sufferers of pulmonary fibrosis and their families all over Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the campaign, NTPFSG chairman Tom McMillan from Ballycastle, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with #HavealaughforPF. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), is a devastating, progressive and terminal disease, with a life expectancy of between three and five years from diagnosis. PF has a prognosis worse than many cancers.

“Sadly there is no cure for PF and in some cases no known cause.

“The NTPFSG understands the many challenges that sufferers of this disease and their families will face. It is for this reason that we are delighted to be able to promote increased awareness and have a laugh or two every day during September World Wide PF Awareness Month.

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