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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!

 

 

Let Off Steam at our Silent Disco

If you haven’t been to a silent disco before, you don’t know what you’re missing.  This concept is straight out of the festivals and sweeping across the UK and is becoming more and more popular. This is your chance to experience a silent disco in an awesome setting. And for a fantastic cause too!

DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in disco, 80’s and guilty pleasure classics. Don a headset and choose your favourite tune. No distraction – just dance!

The silent disco is on Friday, 9th November 2018 at 7.30pm till late at the London Museum of Water and Steam.

This museum, based right beside Kew Bridge, is an iconic and historic building, housing fabulous working engines from times gone by.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the museum after hours.

Why not make it extra special and be a VIP for the evening – VIP guests will enjoy:
– Complimentary prosecco [half bottle].
– Canapes.
– Exclusive raised gallery with a fantastic view of the steam hall.
– Private seating area.
– Unfortunately, no wheelchair access for VIP guests.

Need to know:
– Print out tickets or show on mobile. No ticket: no entry.
– Cash only bar.
– Bring change for the cloakroom (£2.50).
– Bring cash for a chance to win big money in our Money Share game.
– Nearest station: Kew Bridge (few mins’ walk), South Western Railway.
– Directions: www.waterandsteam.org.uk/plan-your-visit
– Free car parking for 20 cars; first come first served. There is one dedicated parking space for orange or blue badge holders.
– Wheelchair access for standard tickets only.
– Free WiFi

Don’t delay, buy your tickets here

[Donations gratefully received from Bates Group and Sainsbury’s Warren Street towards the cost of this event.]

 

 

Organ Donation – Talk About It

Organ Donation Week is 3-9 September 2018.

Three people die around the UK each day while waiting for an organ and 1,255 people are on the waiting list in London alone.  Sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place.

Anthony Clarkson, interim director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

Please find time to have this life-saving discussion with your family.

For more information and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, click here

 

Charity Christmas Concert

A Christmas Celebration with the Holst Singers

We are pleased to announce arrangements for our 2018 Christmas Concert with the Holst Singers in aid of bronchiectasis and lung infection research. The concert will be taking place at a NEW VENUE this year, ST PANCRAS CHURCH, Euston Road, NW1 2BA on Friday, 7th December 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 concert will feature well-known traditional carols as well as more contemporary Christmas music. The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs.  Our guest readers this year are well-known former BBC Radio 4 presenters, Charlotte Green and Brian Perkins.

The evening will comprise of a mixture of Christmas music performed by the choir, audience carols and seasonal readings.  There will be wine and mince pies available before and after the concert and during the interval.

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

 

 

Summer Newsletter 2018 – Answers to Youngest Ever Football Quiz

At the age of 17, who became the youngest footballer to play at a World Cup?

  • Pele

Who is England’s youngest ever goalkeeper?

  • Jack Butland: Butland made his debut in 2012, breaking a record that had stood since Billy Moon first played for England in 1888.

Whose goal against Macedonia made him the youngest player to score for England?

  • Wayne Rooney: Rooney, who was still playing for Everton, was 17 years old at the time. Two months later, in April 2003, he became the youngest player to start a match for England.

Who holds the record for being the youngest manager to win a major European trophy?

  • André Villas-Boas: Villas-Boas was only 33 when he won the Europa League with Porto

Summer 2018 Newsletter

 

For our Summer 2018 Newsletter, please click here

 

 

Get out of Breath for #Breathtember

September is #Breathtember – Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

 Get out of Breath for #Breathtember

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To help raise awareness, we would ask that supporters tweet different challenges each day in September including the term ‘#Breathtember and to ask their followers to retweet and share this information as widely as possible.

Think outside the box for your challenges – getting out of breath for you could mean:

  • Cycling around your local park
  • Doing a colourful or musical 5K/10K run or walk
  • Singing until you are out of breath
  • Walking over the wonderous London bridges
  • Blow bubbles!
  • Skydiving
  • Or just simply walking up the stairs!

The important thing is that you tweet your challenge every day including the term ‘#Breathtember’ to raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis.  Add a photo if you like.  This September, we want as many people as possible to see the term ‘#Breathtember’.  To make the biggest impact, the aim is to get the term ‘#Breathtember’ to trend.

Follow us on Twitter for further details: @Breathingmatter 

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Inspiring Students to become Scientists of the Future

The William Perkin story started with a child being fascinated by science – and setting out to ask ‘Why?’ and ‘What for?’  What a perfect school for a visit to inspire students to go into research.

Breathing Matters and Dr Pascal Durrenberger, a STEM ambassador and UCL Respiratory scientist, took part in the William Perkins CofE High School Founders’ Day celebrations on Friday 11th May 2018 as part of the Big Bang London Programme @ Schools Events.  The Big Bang programme actively helps promote STEM subjects throughout the UK (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).

Our workshop was called “The Lung Project”. Dr Durrenberger gave an inspirational talk to the students explaining how and why he got into science research.

We then had three main activities for the children:

  1. X-man Pneumatico (a ping-pong breathing game)
  2. Play Histologist (identifying lung diseases on microscope slides)
  3. Help the Lung Scientist (medical quiz).

There were points to win on all sessions and we gave out prizes to the students with the most points.

The Founders Day included many eminent scientists, including Lord Professor Robert Winston (of a ‘Child of our Time’ fame) and Professor Sara Rankin from Imperial College.

Feedback from the day was very positive with numerous students specifically mentioning our workshop: ‘The best thing I did today was… “Breathing session”. “Lung Workshop”.

A special thank you goes to Michelle Drew from Waterstones Piccadilly for donating books as prizes. Funding was also provided by Breathing Matters.