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Year in Review – 2016

Thank You For Your Fundraising During 2016

We are truly indebted to all our fabulous supporters; we exist because of you!  Here are some of the amazing fundraising events you organised and helped with last year:

Cyclotopia Charity Cycle Event, Lee Valley Velodrome 12.6.16

Christmas Concert, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden 9.12.16

Breathing Matters Charity Stalls x 6

  • Tough Mudder
  • London Marathon
  • Bundles of bike rides, including the Croydon to Torquay Cycle
  • Coast to Coast Walk
  • Ironman Austria
  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks
  • Skydives
  • Brighton Marathon
  • Bristol Half Marathon
  • Prudential 100
  • Zumbathon
  • Great North Run
  • Cyprus Half Marathon
  • Swim Serpentine
  • London 10K
  • Marlow River Swim
  • Jersey Triathlon
  • Grim Reaper Ultra Marathon
  • Birthday party donations
  • Great Birmingham 10K
  • Panto … oh yes we did!






Travel the Globe for Charity

Sometimes, a cycle at a nearby 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, but here’s just a few examples:

Grand Canyon Trek: 16.9.17-23.9.17

Minimum sponsorship and fees: £3500 + £449 + airport TAX

Self-funding and fees: £1750 + £449 + airport TAX

Great Wall of China Trek: 7.10.17-15.10.17

Minimum sponsorship and fees: £2598 +  £349 + airport TAX

Self-funding and fees: £1299 + £349 + airport TAX

Zambia, Zambezi Raft Challenge:  9.9.17-16.9.17

Minimum sponsorship and fees: £3800 + £399 + airport TAX

Self-funding and fees: £1900 + £399 + airport TAX


London to Paris Bike Ride: 19.7.17-23.7.17 (Tour de France Special), 16.8.17-20.8.17, 13.9.17-17.9.17

Mininum Sponsorship + fees: £1560 + £125 + airport TAX

Self-funding and fees: £780 + £125 + airport TAX

Morocco, Sahara Desert Trek: 2.11.17-7.11.17

Minimum sponsorship + fees: £1830 + £199 + airport TAX

Self-funding + fees: £915 + £199 + airport TAX

Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater Cycle: 14.10.17-22.10.17

Minimum sponsorship + fees: £3850 + £399 + airport TAX

Self-funding + fees: £1925 + £399 + airport TAX

There are two ways of funding your challenge; minimum sponsorship (option A) or self-funding (option B).

Option A – Raising a Minimum Sponsorship

  • You pay the Registration Fee to Global Adventure Challenges and then raise the minimum sponsorship for Breathing Matters. You can set up a Justgiving Page from our home page (
  • You send 80% of the minimum sponsorship and pledges for the remaining 20% to Breathing Matters at least 11 weeks prior to the departure date of the Challenge.
  • Breathing Matters will be invoiced by Global for the balance of the Challenge 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • All outstanding sponsorship should be sent to us within six weeks of completing the Challenge. 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.

Option B – Self-Funding Option

  • You send the Registration Form to Global Adventure Challenges, together with the Registration Fee.
  • Eleven weeks prior to departure, an invoice will be sent to you for the cost of the 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 Once again, 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 or Sport for Charity

Always Remember: Breathing Matters!









New Year Offer for Cyclotopia!

group-shot-with-mark-cTo celebrate the New Year, we are offering Early Bird tickets (at 2015 prices!) for our fabulous cycling fundraiser, Cyclotopia, at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday. 11th June 2017.

Experience an action-packed family fundraising day out at the iconic Velodrome in the amazing Lee Valley VeloPark within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Cyclotopia Package includes:

  • Road Circuit – Cycle on the premium mile long track.  Who can go the fastest?  Who can go the longest?
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Challenge yourself on the exciting off-road trails.
  • Static Bike Competition – Prize for the fastest!
  • Tour de France – Experience Tour de France training in the studio
  • Young Kids BMX – Right in the centre of the Velodrome, not to be missed

Velodrome Package includes:

  • A training session at the Velodrome, the fastest track in the world, with expert coaches and exciting timed laps – with a special guest!
  • All above options from the Cyclotopia Package.

This event has something for everyone – from complete novices to experienced cyclists.

To register, visit:

Hurry though, before they sell out!






Just Give It Up!

It’s another New Year, so it’s time for some self-improvement. Have you made New Year’s resolutions before, but failed to keep them? I would argue that a resolution is too restraining and negative, I would prefer to focus on adopting habits that keep you healthy. Let’s concentrate on the smokers amongst you. You know who you are?  Have you tried quitting before or have you persuaded yourself that your genes will protect you from the ravages of cigarettes?

First, think of why you should stop smoking and then, when you have decided to (and this might be the difficult step), take the first teeny weeny step. You do not have to throw all your cigarettes away for good – although that might be one approach. Take a small step, develop a new habit and, once it is taken, you are on the road to being an ‘ex-smoker’.  Keep taking little steps that help you develop little habits and you will achieve your aim.

Take Small Steps

What small steps can you take?  Try these:
1.  Develop a disgust for cigarettes. Spend 5 minutes each day imaging the toxic smoke filling your lungs and turning them black, and large globs of fat being deposited in the blood vessels of your brain, heart and legs. The surgeon teeing you up for an amputation operation, etc. Remind yourself of this every time you smoke.

2.  Toss a coin each day. Heads you smoke that day, tails you don’t.   Or, if that is too difficult, ‘tails’ you don’t smoke until midday or something similar. Keep this going for a year and you may reduce your intake by 50% (provided you don’t smoke twice as many on the smoking days).  On smoke-free days, have a shower, wash your hair, put on clean clothes and enjoy the fresh smell that you exude.

3.  Take fewer draws from each cigarette (you are going to have to be honest here).

4.  As an incentive, you could get yourself sponsored for giving up smoking and help a charity at the same time – a ‘Charity Quit’, if you will!

5.  Make the first step to getting expert help.  You can get excellent help from the following:

No matter how small your first step, it is a first step and it will be difficult – if it wasn’t, everyone would do it.  Keep in mind the pluses of being an EX-smoker.  Reward yourself for even a small achievement (not with a cigarette please).

Here are some of the reasons why you should quit (this is taken from

Health Benefits

  • You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
  • You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
  • You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
  • You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
  • You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • You will improve your breathing and general fitness.
  • You will enjoy the taste of food more.

Your lifestyle WILL improve (after the short term discomfort)

  • You will save money – as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you’re a heavy smoker.  Perhaps some of this ‘spare’ money could be given to charity!
  • You will no longer smell of stale tobacco.
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
  • You will feel more confident in social situations – you won’t be worrying about the second-hand smoke you create anymore.
  • As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising.
  • Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with tar.
  • You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.