Laura and Kevin Barrett welcomed their third son into the world in June 2018. After a torrid start to life in Great Ormond Street Hospital, Bailey was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-limiting genetic condition for which there is currently no cure.
Lost as to how to help, Laura decided she would SUP a marathon and get sponsorship from friends. But it didn't feel enough.
To create a wave of difference there needed to be a sea of paddle boarders with her. And so the journey of SUP2CF began.
Childhood summer days were and are spent on Bournemouth beach. It's also thought that sea salt air could potentially be beneficial to those living with CF.
So where better to base this epic fundraising event than out on the ocean in Bournemouth?
Although the couple are the founders of SUP2CF, it has not been a single-handed effort. They've been astounded by the kindness and generosity of others who have helped make their vision a reality.
Anyone is welcome to join our SUP2CF team, be it avid SUPers who fancy a challenge or those who's lives have been touched by CF.
And rest assured, measures are being taken to welcome CF Warriors, so please do join us.
All money raised goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help fund continued research into a life-saving treatment.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,500 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing.
The gene affected by CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells. People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body.
The risk of passing bugs to each other means that two people with CF can't meet face to face. SUP2CF welcomes people with cystic fibrosis and is liaising with the CF Trust about implementing measures to welcome CF Warriors.