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Stories from January, 2016

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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.’

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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!