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Announcement: Christmas Concert Date

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A Christmas Celebration

With The Holst Singers

An Evening of Carols
for Choir and Audience

St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED

Friday 9th December 2016 at 7.30pm

The proceeds from the concert will go towards

Breathing Matters UCLH Charity

which funds research at UCL into Bronchiectasis

The Holst Singers is one of Britain’s foremost choirs

and has been described by the BBC as

“a leading chorus on the international stage”

Tickets £25 will be available from 1st  June 2016
For further details and tickets:
please contact Jane Walker
Tel: 01732 366346
Email: missjanewalker@hotmail.com

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Not Hay Fever Again

hay feverOh no … itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing … it’s Hay Fever season again!!! Read this article to help prepare you for what’s to come.

What is Hay Fever?

Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergy to pollen. The pollen season separates into three main sections:

  1. Tree pollen – late March to mid-May.
  2. Grass pollen – mid-May to July.
  3. Weed pollen – end of June to September

To get the latest pollen forecast, view the Met Office weather map which provides a UK forecast of the pollen count and provides any hay fever sufferers with an early warning.

Who Gets Hay Fever?

Hay fever is very common. It affects about 2 in 10 people in the UK. It often first develops in school-age children and during the teenage years, but may start even later in life. Hay fever tends to run in families. You are also more likely to develop hay fever if you already have asthma or eczema. A tendency to these atopic illnesses can run in families.

Hay Fever Symptoms

  • Common symptoms include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, mouth and throat. Less common are headaches and hives.
  • Asthma symptoms – such as wheeze and breathlessness, may get worse if you already have asthma. Some people have asthma symptoms only during the hay fever season.
  • The symptoms may be so bad in some people that they can affect sleep, interfere with school and examinations, or interfere with work.

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Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen, there are a number of measures you can take that will help you to minimise exposure and ease the severity of your hay fever symptoms. Following these steps may help provide some relief from your symptoms:

  • Keep windows closed when at home and overnight. Most pollen is released in the early morning and falls to ground level in the evenings when the air cools.
  • When outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. For any outdoor tasks, such as gardening, hay fever sufferers should wear a mask.
  • Some people find smearing your nostrils with vaseline to capture the pollen helps.
  • Avoid drying clothes outside when pollen counts are high. If you do, shake items before bringing them inside.
  • Keep car windows closed when driving and fit a pollen filter to reduce the impact of pollen spores. Ensure your air conditioning is set to recirculate the air inside.
  • When indoors: vacuum regularly and clean surfacs with a damp cloth. The British Allergy Foundation have a list of ‘approved’ anti-allergen vacuums that help to filter out pollen on their website, allergyuk.org.
  • Avoid bringing fresh flowers indoors.
  • Don’t allow smoking in the house as this will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways, making your hay fever symptoms worse.
  • After being outside, shower and wash your hair to remove pollen.
  • Grooming and washing pets more frequently at this time of year, to remove trapped pollen from their coats, can be helpful too.Pollen levels tend to be higher on warm, dry days.
  • The Metereological office offers a useful five day pollen forecast (metoffice.gov.uk), so you can prepare for high pollen count days.

Hay fever sufferers can benefit from a wide range of non-drowsy medication which can be prescribed by your GP, or alternatively purchased over the counter from your local pharmacy.  Starting this medication two weeks before the season can prepare your body.

Your GP or hospital consultant can help you find the most appropriate treatment for you especially if you also have asthma and other allergies. Treatments include antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops, nasal decongestants, eye drops, immunotherapy, and alternative therapies.

Treatment for Severe Symptoms

Rarely, a short course of steroid tablets is prescribed for a week or so. For example, for students sitting examinations,   A short course is usually safe.   However, you should not take steroid tablets for long periods to treat hay fever, as serious side-effects may develop.

Dr Harsha Kariyawasam, Consultant Allergist at the Royal ENT Hospital says, “‘The most important step that an individual with allergic rhinitis should do is to have an accurate diagnosis. The exact allergen provoking symptoms should be identified. Where possible, allergen avoidance measures should be instigated. Treatment with medication, introduced in a step wise manner should also be undertaken. We are getting very good treating allergic rhinitis and there are several effective new treatments available. Allergy desentisation by a trained allergist is possible and there are several exciting vaccines either in practice or in development. Everyone deserves to enjoy spring and summer!”.

It’s Cyclotopia Time!

logoTo all cyclists – from complete novices to experienced cyclists

Not only is Cyclotopia 2016 on the Queen’s 90th birthday, Sunday 12th June 2016, (so is a great way to celebrate at the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!) but, this year, we are also being joined by Paralympic champion and inspirational speaker Mark Colbourne MBE!

So….

Sign up for a great day out!

Bring your families, friends, work colleagues and spectators!  Kids go free!

Meet and cycle with Mark Colbourne MBE!

Win prizes on the day!

Help raise money for Breathing Matters (prize for top fundraiser)!

 

  • Sign up to cycle on the premium perfect one mile road circuit and challenge yourself to 1, 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles, AND try the brand new exciting off-road mountain bike trails.
  • Or take advantage of our great value Velodrome package which includes a 75 minute session on the fastest track in the world with expert coaching and exciting timed laps.

This event has something for everyone.  Bikes and helmets are available at the VeloPark (check ages on website),  but you can bring your own if preferred.

Price £20 for road and mountain trail – kids go free!  Velodrome package £65.

For more information and to register, visit:                                                https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyclotopia-2016-registration-21515527522

For any queries, please contact breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

Hope to see you all there!

A Right Royal Quiz: Spring 2016 Newsletter

Who is the Chancellor of UCL?

Answer: The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne

Queen Victoria was the first monarch to speak on the telephone. In what year?
Answer: 1878 – She tried it out under the supervision of Alexander Graham Bell, its inventor. ‘A Professor Bell explained the whole process, which is most extraordinary’, the Queen wrote in her diary.

How many rooms are there at Buckingham Palace?
Answer: 775 – These include 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

What is Prince Harry’s official first name?
Answer: Henry

In what year did Philip and Elizabeth first meet?
Answer: 1934 – At the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to The Duke of Kent, Elizabeth’s uncle. They met again in 1939, which is when Elizabeth took notice of him.

 

 

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Wales Breathes Easier

Mandy Sterling and Theresia Mikolash in WalesThank you so much to Mandy Stirling who raised over £1000 for Breathing Matters at her 40th birthday instead of receiving presents to celebrate her new decade. This was in honour of her lovely goddaughter, Belle, who has a rare lung disease.

The cheque was presented to Dr Theresia Mikolash from Breathing Matters.

Mandy reported to the Western Telegraph: “The hotel will continue to raise money over the coming years in the hope that better treatment or a cure can be found so that Belle, as well as others, can live out a normal life and not be dependent on medication.”

Thanks to Mandy and all her party guests.

Read the report from the Western Telegraph:

Cyclotopia 2016 is now LIVE!

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When:    Sunday, 12th June 2016

Where:    Lee Valley VeloPark

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Cyclotopia 2016 gives you an incredible opportunity to visit Lee Valley VeloPark, bringing together three cycling disciplines of road racing, mountain biking or track cycling in the iconic Velodrome in a bespoke charity cycling event – made for you!

 

Not only is Cyclotopia 2016 on the Queen’s 90th birthday (so is a great way to celebrate at the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!) but, this year, we are also being joined by Paralympic champion and inspirational speaker Mark Colbourne MBE!

  • Be an Olympian for a day!
  • Cycle alongside Mark Colbourne MBE!!
  • Follow the world’s top cyclists at the UK’s leading cycling hub – and raise lots of money for Breathing Matters!
  • This event has something for everyone from complete novices, families to experienced cyclists.
  • We will have competitions and prizes on the day.  Bring a team of spectators to cheer you along.
  • Bikes and helmets are available at the VeloPark and will be within the price (height restrictions apply).
  • Kids (under 18) and spectators go free!

 

 

•    Road Circuit

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How many times can you go around the smoothest one mile road circuit? 1, 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles?

How fast can you complete the road circuit? Timing tags available.

Suitable for all levels. Minimum height 4’5″/102cm. Great for children. Bikes and equipment included.

Registration: adults £20, families £40. This is a sponsorship event – please raise as much as you can!

•    Mountain Trail

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Challenge yourself to conquer 5 miles of off-road traffic-free mountain bike trail.  Not for the faint hearted!

Suitable for all levels. Minimum height 4’5″/102cm. Minimum age 9 years.

Bike and helmet available at no charge for over 9 years of age. Can bring own mountain bike.

Registration: adults £20, families £40. This is a sponsorship event – please raise as much as you can!

•    Great Value Velodrome Package

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Experience the Velodrome and cycle on the same track where Sir Chris Hoy and his Team GB and Paralympics GB teammates received their Olympic Gold medals in 2012. This is the fastest Velodrome in the world! Includes a 75 minute session on the fastest track in the World with expert coaches and exciting timed laps. The Velodrome package also gives entry to road and mountain bike trails.

For all levels. Age 12 and upwards.

Velodrome package: £65. This is a sponsorship event – please raise as much as you can!

*** PLEASE REGISTER HERE ***

This bespoke event is a great way to support Breathing Matters and other UCLH Charity funds, and we want as many people to join us to raise awareness and money.

 

Cyclotopia 2016: Be An Olympian For A Day

When:    Sunday, 12th June 2016

Where:    Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

???????????????Cyclotopia 2016 brings you an incredible opportunity to visit Lee Valley VeloPark which brings together three cycling disciplines of road racing, mountain biking or track cycling in the iconic Velodrome.

 

Follow the world’s top cyclists at the UK’s leading cycling hub – and raise lots of money for Breathing Matters!

 

This event has something for everyone from complete novices, families to experienced cyclists.
We will have competitions and prizes on the day.
Bikes and helmets are available at the VeloPark and will be within the price (height restrictions apply).

 

Watch out for the Registration live date coming up early March!

To whet your appetite, have a look at last year’s photos.

 

Professor Brown Reports

This undated photo provided by BTG PLC shows a rendering of the PneumRx Endobronchial Coil. A novel, minimally invasive way to treat severe breathing problems caused by lung disease showed modest but promising benefits in a small French study. The technique involves inserting several small metal alloy coils through a scope into the lungs, aiming to tighten diseased tissue and open up healthy airways. (BTG PLC via AP)

You may have seen recent newspaper reports about French researchers who have tested a technique involving inserting small coils through a scope into the lungs with the objective of tightening diseased tissue and open up healthy airways.

Professor Brown from Breathing Matters comments, ‘Using coils inserted into the airways of the lung to help patients with emphysema has been researched for a few years now, and the evidence does suggest they can improve some patients’ breathing. They do this by blocking airflow to parts of the lung that have been particularly badly affected by emphysema, which allows more air to get to parts of the lung that have not been so badly affected. However, they are really only useful for a very small proportion of patients with COPD, and I do worry they might increase the risk of pneumonia as they might prevent the lungs from clearing bacteria.’

For more information, visit http://dailym.ai/1Pt4GFb

Explore the Globe for Charity

Sometimes, a cycle at a national park, a coffee morning at your local cafe or a 10K run is just not enough of a challenge. Sometimes, you need to go further afield!

Breathing Matters has teamed up with Global Adventure Challenges who offer some amazing charity challenges. There are so many international challenges to choose from at http://www.globaladventurechallenges.com/international, but here’s just a few examples:

Canada: The Rockies Trek: 17.9.16-24.9.16

Minimum sponsorship: £399 + £3,300 + airport TAX

Self-funding:                £399 + £1,649 + airport TAX

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Tanzania,  Kilimanjaro; Machame Trail Trek: 18.2.16-28.2.16, 6.10.16-16.10.16

Minimum sponsorship: £399 + £3,650 + airport TAX

Self-funding:                £399 + £1,825 + airport TAX

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Morocco, Sahara Desert Trek: 18.2.16-23.2.16, 10.11.16-15.11.16

Minimum sponsorship: £175 + £1,700 + £100 airport TAX

Self-funding:                £175 + £850 + £100 airport TAX

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USA Yosemite to San Fran Cycle:  11.6.16-19.6.16, 24.9.16-2.10.16, 23.9.17-1.10.17

Minimum sponsorship: £399 + £3,800 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

Self-funding:                £399 + £1,900 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

San Fran

India Cycle: 18.11.16-27.11.16, 17.11.17-26.11.17

Minimum sponsorship: £299 + £2,700 + £250 airport TAX for 2016 trips

Self-funding:                £299 + £1,349 + £250 airport TAX for 2016 trips

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Zambia, Zambezi Raft Challenge: 10.9.16-17.9.16, 9.9.17-16.9.17

Minimum sponsorship: £399 + £3,600 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

Self-funding:                £399 + £1,799 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

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Lapland: Husky Trail Dog Sled:  10.4.16-17.4.16, 24.3.17-31.3.17, 1.4.17-8.4.17, 9.4.17-16.4.17

Minimum sponsorship: £499 + £4,000 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

Self-funding:                £499 + £1,999 + airport TAX for 2016 trips

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India Motorcycle Challenge:  21.10.16-30.10.16

Minimum sponsorship: £399 + £2,850 + airport TAX

Self-funding:                £399 + £1,425 + airport TAX

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There are two ways of funding your challenge; minimum sponsorship or self-funding.

For payment option A – minimum sponsorship – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges.  This is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. You then commit to raising the minimum sponsorship (the second sum above) for Breathing Matters.  You can set up a Justgiving Page from our home page (https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters) and 80% of the minimum sponsorship MUST be raised no later than ELEVEN WEEKS BEFORE DEPARTURE as this is when Breathing Matters will pay your challenge costs direct to Global Adventure Challenges.  Failure to raise this money may mean non-participation and cancellation of your challenge so it is important to raise your funds early.  The remaining 20% should be received no more than two weeks after your challenge finishes (we may ask for proof of offline pledges). We would be grateful if you could try and raise as much as you can over the minimum sponsorship target as every penny of this is what Breathing Matters will receive.  The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

For payment option B – self-funding – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges which is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. Ten weeks before departure, Global Adventure Challenges will invoice you for the balance (the second sum above) and this should be paid within two weeks; eight weeks prior to your challenge.  Although there is no minimum sponsorship target for this option, we would encourage you to raise as much as possible for Breathing Matters (via https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters). The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

If all the above fills you with dread, why don’t you check out many more challenges including those closer to home in the UK on http://www.globaladventurechallenges.com/uk

Always Remember: Breathing Matters!