Wednesday fan loses battle with Cystic Fibrosis

A Sheffield Wednesday supporter sadly lost her lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis yesterday morning.

Claire Sunderland from Barnsley was a huge supporter of The Owls and despite being in poor health, managed to attend their home game against Reading this season.

Claire’s main aim was to go to Hillsborough tonight for the Steel City derby.

On the Sheffield Now Facebook page, a user said: “Some of you may already know her or know of her, she was a Barnsley lass who saw the light and followed Wednesday from childhood.”

Friends and family are hoping to start a minutes applause in the 36th minute tonight, in honour of Claire’s memory.

Social media has been flooded with messages of support for Claire’s friends and family, with fans of all clubs coming together to express their condolences and celebrate her life.

The ball from the last game Claire attended has been donated to the family, with hopes that it can be signed by the current Wednesday team.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects over 10,000 people in the UK, with one in 25 carrying the faulty gene that causes it.

It causes the body to produce thick mucus, giving a wide range of effects and symptoms of differing severity.

There are many treatments which are specialised depending on the severity of and individual characteristics of the case.

Treatments are mainly aimed at aiding in an increased quality of life for patients.

A petition was started last year to push the NHS into supplying new lifesaving drugs for Cystic Fibrosis, in line with 11 other EU countries.

The petition claims that hundreds have lost their lives in the three years since they were introduced in other countries.