The PVRI is extremely sorry to report that Rupert Swift, son of Volunteer Chair of Fundraising, Lynette Swift, sadly lost his battle against PVD on 1 October 2018. Lynette would very much like to thank everyone who has provided support to Rupert and the family over the years since his diagnosis. We are very grateful to all those who have made donations to the PVRI in his memory. Lynette has penned the following tribute to her son:
"Rupert’s pulmonary hypertension was triggered when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2006 at the age of 20 and suffered severe altitude sickness. Until then he had been a keen sportsman and particularly enjoyed playing rugby, golf, swimming and skiing. Indeed, he continued to do as much sport as he could for many years and until he died, was a regular at the gym in the RAC Club.
Despite his illness, he never let it define him and never complained nor showed self-pity. He was determined to live life to the full. He enjoyed good food and wine, expensive clothes, hosting rugby parties for his friends as well as opera and art. He travelled widely, and was particularly interested in the Far East, where he spent his early years.Most of all, Rupert was always cheerful and loved for his ever-present beaming smile, infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humour. He had the ability to get on with everyone and was highly regarded by his many friends, his work colleagues and everyone who came into contact with him.
He died at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, surrounded by his family and friends, including his girlfriend, Isabella, whom he loved very much. Typically, even when dying, he continued to crack jokes and was still concerned for others more than himself. He asked his friends to support Isabella and he thanked his parents for having given him a very good life."