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Christmas with the Holst Singers

Very sadly, we are unable to be all together this December for our annual Christmas Concert at St Pancras Church, but to bring us all together at this special time of year, our friends in the Holst Singers have very kindly donated a recording of a small selection of carols for us.

The recording begins with a presentation by Professor Brown and Jane Walker which gives an insight into life at UCLH this year during the pandemic with reference to its impact on patients with bronchiectasis and also on our fundraising activities.

Please click here to listen to our Christmas recording.

If you would like to make a donation towards research into bronchiectasis and pneumonia led by Professor Brown and his team at UCL Respiratory, please click here
(Please use Google search engine to download the recording link).

With our warm wishes for Christmas and New Year 2021.

From Breathing Matters

Our grateful thanks to the Holst Singers and to the Lord Taverners for supporting this recording.

Autumn 2020 Newsletter – Out Now

 

For the Autumn 2020 newsletter, please click here

 

 

 

 

Bronchiectasis Fundraising Update

Update, by Jane Walker

Usually at this time, I am well under way with preparations for our main bronchiectasis fundraising event of the year, our annual Christmas Concert.  None of us imagined at our joyful concert last year that, little than three months later, our lives would be transformed by a pandemic.  Normally, by October, I would have run 5 or 6 stalls in the UCLH atrium which runs alongside Professor Brown’s Friday morning clinic. I miss all the preparation sourcing goodies to sell and making my cards and I miss seeing everyone at UCLH – some of our supporters come to every stall.  I will be restarting the stalls as soon as I am able to in 2021 and will keep you updated via the Breathing Matters website.  Fortunately, I was able to do my usual annual St Valentine’s Day stall, which was extra special this year as the actual date of the stall was Friday 14th February!

Whilst my fundraising activities at UCLH are on hold, I have been coming up with imaginative ideas so my fundraising can continue during the COVID pandemic.  During the lockdown in early May, I set myself a challenge to walk 3 miles each day over 7 days. With my lung condition, I manage shorter distances each day, but I was determined to do a much longer walk every day as a fundraiser.  I set up a JustGiving page and contacted friends, family and our concert supporters and on the JustGiving page, I posted notes and photos from my walks to share with everyone.  Through JustGiving and other donations, my walks raised a superb sum of £1000.  I was very touched by everyone’s kindness and generosity.

Our Christmas concert last year raised over £4000 for research by Professor Brown and his team of scientists at UCL.  We are very sad we can’t be all together for our annual concert this year – our friends in the Holst Singers are planning to put a small special treat together for us and I will be in touch with further details closer to Christmas.

A very big thank you to our bronchiectasis family of friends and supporters!

 

Clean Air Day Campaign

We are honoured to have worked with Health Awareness on the 2020 Respiratory Health Clean Air Day Campaign.

A printed publication is enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper published on 8th October 2020 and the content is available online at www.healthawareness.co.uk/respiratory.

The campaign features exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices about respiratory conditions and external risk factors such as air pollution and COVID-19.

All You Want for Christmas is a Santa Dash

The Virtual Santa Dash is a 5K fun run to be done with friends and family/pets or competitively on your own. Take this 5K challenge anytime in November or December 2020. Do it in your running gear alone or dressed as Christmas elves with the family! Earn the offical Santa Dash Medal and goodie bag. Simply register for the event and you will be given access to the Virtual Marathon Series runners portal where you can submit your evidence before or on your run day.

The Virtual Santa Dash has a special challenge attached and requires you to dress up in Christmas fancy dress to complete it. The Virtual Marathon Series are also offering two prizes:

  1. The first one is for the fastest time in Christmas fancy dress, become the Christmas world record holder.
  2. Secondly, to the person who raises the most money for their chosen charity by Christmas Day.

They will donate £250 to the charities chosen by the 2 winners who will receive a goodies pack from their partner Run Through in the post.

All you need to do now is register – here’s how:

  1. Register here – you will receive a confirmation email to log in to the Secure Charity Portal where you can pay your registration fee [£25 covers the cost of the place and medal only and does not go to the charity].
  2. Breathing Matters will get notification that you have signed up for your challenge and will contact you – or you can contact us directly at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk
  3. Set up a Breathing Matters personal fundraising page.  It is up to you how much you want to raise for Breathing Matters; there is no minimum sponsorship limit.
  4. Sort out your Santa outfit and start training!!!

Run for Halloween … Virtually !!

Trick or treat for the kids this year might get the red flag, but why not do your own healthy version with a medal and goodie bag instead!  This 5K spooky run is great for everyone everywhere and is lots of fun. Take the challenge on or before Halloween – at a venue of your choice. Do it in your running gear or a spooky character from your favourite movie scene!

Simply register for the event and you will get access to the Virtual Marathon Series runners portal where you can submit your evidence before or on the big day.

The Virtual Halloween Run has a special challenge attached and asks that you dress up in fancy dress on Halloween to complete it. Quite simply, to earn the special challenge virtual medal, you will need to upload a picture of you at the end of your run in fancy dress as well as proof of your completed 5K.

The Virtual Marathon Series is offering two prizes:

  1. The first one is for the fastest time in fancy dress, become the Halloween world record holder.
  2. Secondly, to the person who raises the most money for their chosen charity by Halloween.

They will donate £250 to the 2 winners’ chosen charity who will each receive a goodies pack from their partner RunThrough in the post.

To apply for the fastest runner, you will need to enter your time through the Virtual Marathon Series portal and complete the 5K in fancy dress on Halloween.

To apply for the highest fundraiser, you will need to send an email to virtual@runforcharity.com with a link to your fundraising page no later than 1st November 2020.

All you need to do now is register – here’s how:

  1. Register here – you will receive a confirmation email to log in to the Secure Charity Portal where you can pay your registration fee [£25 covers the cost of the place and medal only and does not go to the charity].
  2. Breathing Matters will get notification that you have signed up for your challenge and will contact you – or you can contact us directly at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk
  3. Set up a Breathing Matters personal fundraising page.  It is up to you how much you want to raise for Breathing Matters; there is no minimum sponsorship limit.
  4. Sort out your Halloween outfit and start training!!!

Breathing Matters – Partner of the 2020 Respiratory Health Campaign

Breathing Matters is honoured to work with Health Awareness on the 2020 Respiratory Health campaign.

The campaign features exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices about respiratory conditions and external risk factors such as air pollution and COVID-19.

There are a wealth of great articles, including:

  • One person dies every hour of pulmonary fibrosis
  • Improve your quality of life with cleaner indoor air
  • Can your income make your asthma worse?
  • Breathlessness – when to seek help
  • Improving air quality around schools to protect children

A printed publication is enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at www.healthawareness.co.uk/respiratory.

Definitely worth a read!

 

 

 

 

Thank you all 2600 times

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many major fundraising events were cancelled this year, including the biggest fundraiser of all, the London Marathon.  Charities were reporting a projected loss of 48% to their voluntary income, and a third wiped off from their total income.

On Sunday, 26th April 2020 – one month ago today and the scheduled day of the London Marathon – the nation joined together to help UK charities.  The challenge was to dream up an activity based around the numbers ‘2’ and ‘6’ and donate (at least) £26 to their favourite charity.

Loads of our lovely supporters joined the 2.6 Challenge in droves to support Breathing Matters and we wanted to say thank you to you all.  You have helped us raise a very apt £2600!

Here are a few of our favourite challenges:

  • Thanks to Liz Wiazek and family for their 26 sun salutations.
  • Thanks to Jessica, Emily and Seb plus dog Megan for running 2.6 miles around Stokesley Beck, raising £373 in memory of their grandad Andy Herring.
  • Thanks to Pavan Kohli for walking 2.6 hours on a hot Sunday and raising £178.
  • Thanks to Karen, Mike, Jose and Oli Fox for running 2.6k en famille.
  • Thanks to Steph Fisher and her amazing family for raising an incredible £943 for their 2.6 challenges.
  • Thanks to Elizabeth Coe who walked her pony 26 times around the field.
  • Thank you to John McCready who wrote a lovely 26 line poem.
  • Big respect to Elisa and Andreas who did a 26 second handstand for their challenge!
  • Thanks to Val and Jack for walking up and down their corridor 26 times.
  • Thanks to Maisie McCready for walking around her garden 26 times every day for a week.
  • Thanks to Terri Russell for walk-jogging for 2.6K and ‘a little bit more’.
  • Thanks to Tom for doing 26 keepie-uppies … not easy!
  • Well done Jo Porter on giving 26 beloved books to charity.
  • Thanks to Mary Foley for walking 2.6k in 26 minutes – that’s speedy!
  • Well done Jerry Brown on completing a 2.6k bike ride.
  • Thanks to James and Emily for their 26.2 mile [marathon] bike ride.
  • Thanks to Greg and Colin who cycled 260K over the week – that’s as far as London to Sheffield! Thanks guys.
  • Thanks to Donna and Nick who did 26 Just Dance dances in 2.6 hours.
  • Thanks to the Smith family and the Howard family for doing a variety of 2.6 challenges … together – but not together.
  • Thanks to Rebecca and Ted who did 26 exercises 26 times.
  • Thanks to Sean for drinking a bottle of beer in 2.6 seconds!

Thank you to all the above plus everyone else who donated £26 and beyond to mark our 2.6 Challenge.

Carrying on with COVID-19

It is fair to say the world has changed in 2020 since the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak in December 2019.

Many of our research team have volunteered to work on the NHS frontline at this very busy time but, despite this, Breathing Matters is still continuing its important research work in interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis and lung infections.

COVID-19 disease is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus. SARS means severe acute respiratory syndrome. So, Breathing Matters is joining the national effort in trying to find out as much as possible about this new virus; the more we know, the quicker we will have better treatments, less deaths, decreased shielding and ultimately a vaccine.

Our new studies will include researching new therapeutic agents and understanding the long-term damage to lungs in patients who have recovered from COVID-19, and perhaps give us more insights into the origins of IPF and other fibrotic lung diseases.

The funding we continue to receive from our supporters is vital to our community and to our future. Thank you so much for continuing to support our important work. Donations can be given in different ways: https://www.breathingmatters.co.uk/ways-to-donate

I am sure you would like to join us in saluting our extraordinary team who are working tirelessly in helping the nation, both on the frontline and in the labs.

Our very best wishes goes to every one of you. Please keep safe and stay alert.

 

Breathing Matters Joins the 2.6 Challenge to Save UK Charities

Breathing Matters calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April 2020

Breathing Matters, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.  The challenge will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

From Sunday 26 April 2020, we are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating on the Breathing Matters’ 2.6 Challenge donation page or by creating your own 2.6 Challenge fundraising page from the Breathing Matters Justgiving home page.

The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”

Donna Basire, Fundraising Manager from Breathing Matters said “This event could really be a lifesaver to so many as money raised for Breathing Matters funds research into respiratory conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, COVID-19, bronchiectasis and pneumonia.  You can do this at your own pace and in your own house or garden – so the challenge is open to everyone. All we ask is that you donate £26 to the Breathing Matters 2.6 Challenge page, or set up your own page and have your own target to raise – could you raise £260?”.

The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono.  The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk