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Stories from November, 2018

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Autumn 2018 Newsletter – Air Pollution Special

For the Autumn 2018 newsletter, please click here

 

Autumn 2018 Newsletter – Answers to Pollution Quiz

 

Q: What % of Londoners live in areas exceeding the World Health Organisation recommended pollution levels?

A: 95%

 

Q: What is PM2.5?

A: PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Commonly written as PM2.5, particles in this category are so small that they can only be detected with an electron microscope.  Since they are so small and light, fine particles tend to stay longer in the air than heavier particles. This increases the chances of humans and animals inhaling them into the bodies.

 

Q: Which of the following can you do to help decrease levels of pollution?

  • Reduce car journeys.
  • Keep house temperature down.
  • Walk more.
  • Campaign for change.
  • All of the above.

A: All of the above.  Please do your best not to add to the pollution.

 

Charity Christmas Concert 7.12.18 – Get Your Ticket

Not long to our fabulous Christmas Carol Concert with the Holst Singers.  This popular concert will be taking place at a NEW VENUE this year, ST PANCRAS CHURCH in Euston on Friday, 7th December 2018 at 7.30pm.

St Pancras Church is a beautiful historic building which is 200 years old and has a Grade I listing from English Heritage, as an important early example of the Greek Revival architecture.  It is located opposite Euston Station and is a short skip and a hop from UCL and UCLH, and we are really excited to secure this new venue.

The Christmas Celebration will feature well-known traditional carols as well as more contemporary Christmas music.  The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs, described by the BBC as a leading chorus on the international stage. In concert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as interactive concert going at its most revelatory, while the BBC Music Magazine states that The Holst Singers sing with a ‘spell bounding sense of atmosphere and crystal-clear textures……..supremely musical’.

Our guest readers this year are well known BBC Presenters Charlotte Green and Brian Perkins. Charlotte Green has been a familiar voice on the radio for many years, including as a news reader for the Radio 4 Today programme, the presenter for the comedy programme The News Quiz, and currently as the reader for Quote….unquote. In 2013, she joined Classic FM and BBC Radio 5 Live, where she announces the football results. Brian Perkins was a senior news reader until 2003 and was a familiar voice on Radio 4 for many years.

There will be wine and mince pies available before and after the concert and during the interval.  Doors open at 7pm.

For tickets (£25) and further information, please contact Jane Walker tel: 01732 366346 or email missjanewalker@hotmail.com

 

Tickets are also available online from: https://bmholstsingersconcert.bpt.me

We hope you are able to join us for a feast of seasonal music and a most wonderful start to the festive season!

Donation received from Profile Pharma, towards the costs of staging this concert

2018 Respiratory Health Campaign Launches 21.11.18

Breathing Matters has worked with Mediaplanet UK on the 2018 Respiratory Health campaign, launching 21st November 2018.

A printed publication is enclosed within every copy of ‘The Guardian’ newspaper on launch day and the content will be available to view online at http://www.healthawareness.co.uk/respiratory

Read exclusive content from The London Mayor, Asthma UK and The British Lung Foundation.

 

 

Silent Disco – Such Fun!

‘Such fun!’ was the most used quote at the end of our silent disco;  ‘When’s the next one?’ was the next.

Non-stop dancing, laughter and strained singing … yes, that’s what a silent disco is all about!  Everyone was boogying … and I mean everyone – from the volunteers in the foyer, the bar staff and each and every person who attended!  There’s something about dancing with headphones on that brings you back to your youth, that keeps those inhibitions away, that makes you sing at the top of your voice and that makes you dance like no-one is watching.

The engines in the London Museum of Water and Steam looked magical in the lights, giving the atmosphere a haunting, awe-inspiring quality.  Thank you to Knight Sounds and Vision for their help with the transformation.

Thank you to Birdie catering and the fabulous, fabulous staff at the museum, especially Christina and Joanna, who helped plan the event.

A massoff thank you goes to all the volunteers who worked all night to ensure everyone had fun, and to Molly Livermore, our official photographer.

But the biggest thank you must go to the DJs – Stu, Matt, Rosie and DJ Strawberry Delight – who gave their time freely and kept the joint jumping.

The lovely Ruth won £50 in our Money Share Game. ‘That’s made my week’, she said.

A fabulous £2,500 was raised for Breathing Matters which will go towards important research into pulmonary fibrosis and infection at UCL Respiratory.

Watch out for next Spring’s date if you want to join in the fun!