You can help Breathing Matters at no cost to you during September’s Make a Will Campaign.
Throughout September, selected solicitors across London and the home counties have agreed to write your will for FREE. Instead, you are asked to make a donation to UCLH Charity [for Breathing Matters, please specify Fund 1138].
The solicitors will also advise on how to leave a gift to the charity, although there is no obligation to do so and it is not a condition of taking part.
As well as a face-to-face or remote session with one of the participating solicitors, you can also access the same services completely digitally if you prefer through the Guardian Angel will writing service. Click on this link to start the process and enter code UCLH-FREE-20 to get it for free.
To find out how to take part and for a list of participating solicitors, click here.
September is #Breathtember – Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Get out of Breath for #Breathtember
To help raise awareness, we ask that supporters tweet different challenges during September including the term ‘#Breathtember’ and 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 virtual 5K/10K run or walk
Singing until you are out of breath
Walking over the wondrous London bridges
Blowing bubbles … or windmills!
Or just simply walking up the stairs!
The important thing is that you tweet your challenge including the hashtag ‘#Breathtember’ to raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis. Add a photo if you like. This September, we want as many people as possible to get to know what Pulmonary Fibrosis really means.
We hope you and your family have been keeping well during these challenging times.
In a parallel world, Prudential RideLondon would be fast approaching. The event – the world’s greatest festival of cycling – was due to take place on the weekend of 15 and 16 August 2020 but, as I am sure you understand, has not been able to go ahead in its traditional form this year.
This has been very disappointing for Breathing Matters as this is one of the annual events that helps us raise crucial funds for our research.
In April 2020, on what would have been the day of the 2020 London Marathon, you may remember the 2.6 Challenge was launched nationally to raise money for UK charities. Breathing Matters was blown away by the response from our supporters who raised thousands for our important research.
Now we want you to do the same again – but this time on wheels, with My Prudential RideLondon.
About My Prudential RideLondon
We’re celebrating the original August event weekend with My Prudential RideLondon: a free fundraising challenge that gives people the opportunity to get on their bikes – or scooters, skateboards, trikes, tandems, wheelchairs, penny farthings, unicycles – and raise money for your favourite charity – Breathing Matters of course!
Participants will be able to take on four challenges based on the traditional Prudential RideLondon weekend event distances:
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – 100 mile cycle
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – 46 mile cycle
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 – 19 mile cycle
My Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle – you choose your distance, anything from 1 mile!
How do I sign up and fundraise?
Register at myridelondon.co.uk – From here you’ll be able to pick your distance: 100, 46 or 19 miles, or set your own challenge.
On either Saturday 15 August 2020 or Sunday 16 August 2020, complete your challenge andencourage your family and friends to take part too!
You get an app, you get certificates, you get selfies – you get the lot!
The My Prudential RideLondon app will be available to you to download in the week before the event. The app will allow you to virtually compare your My Prudential RideLondon route to the world-famous Prudential RideLondon routes. So, if you choose to ride the 100 miles, you may be taking part in Southampton, Birmingham or Newcastle, but the app will show your ride as if it was on the Prudential RideLondon route. Imagine the final 100m back to your home turned into the final 100m down the iconic finish stretch of The Mall! Once you have completed your ride, you will be able to download a personalised certificate, selfie frames so you can create your own finisher photos and crucially, you will have raised vital funds for Breathing Matters.
Tempted? Let us know and help get the message out there!
If you want to join in with My Prudential RideLondon, please let us know and share your challenge on our social media as your participation will hopefully encourage others to take part and raise money too. As entry is free, why not get a team together? The more the merrier!!!
Thank you for helping
We would really love you to be part of a unique Prudential MyRideLondon experience, to raise much needed funds for Breathing Matters and to be part of the national campaign to save the UK’s charities.
Please help us get back on our feet and restart our important research.
This week, our partners Global Adventure Challenges launched their NHS Heroes campaign – to thank our incredible NHS staff.
They are offering a 15% discount on registration fees for all those working for the NHS for every challenge booked by 30th September 2020. Great timing to book your 2021 challenge!
All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org either from your NHS email address, or with a photo of your NHS ID card. Then you’ll get a personal discount code to register for your challenge.
There are some very special challenges both home and abroad to choose from, including:
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.
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.
“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 2.6Challenge 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 you lovely people out there who are itching to fundraise, but have not been able to during the COVID-19 pandemic – this is especially for you!
Our event partners, Run for Charity, have just launched a virtual challenge series for young and old, for the fit and not that fit. It’s a great way of making the most of your time in isolation, having a purpose and keeping/getting fit. It is a unique chance for those non-marathon runners to get involved and run/walk a marathon or climb a mountain at your own pace. And you can win a medal at the end (we all love a good medal!).
Here is a list of our current virtual challenges:
Climb Everest – A 12 week challenge perfect for isolation. Challengers will have to complete a climb equivalent to Mount Everest (8,848m) either out and about on your daily exercise, climbing the stairs indoors, or a combination of the two!
Inca Trail – A virtual challenge to tick off the bucket list. A 25 mile run, walk or jog to be completed in as many efforts as you can manage.
Team Gotham – Not all Superheros wear capes….some have to fight crime in isolation too! This is a 5K challenge, so perfect for families who want to complete it together, or anyone looking to stay fit during lockdown.
The Big Charity Run – The ultimate challenge; you can choose your own. Pick a 30, 60, 90 or 120 mile distance to complete over a single month. You can run, walk or cycle, so perfect for setting an ambitious target and staying motivated!
Plus there are lots of location specific races that you could join, including:
Richmond Park – Half Marathon
Tatton Park – 10K
Victoria Park – 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
Brixton – 5K & 10K
Wimbledon Common – Half Marathon
All you need to do is choose your challenge, register and start.
Choose and register here. Receive confirmation email to log in to our Secure Charity Portal. Payment covers the cost of the place and medal only.
Breathing Matters will get notification that you have signed up for your challenge and will contact you Or you can contact us directly at email@example.com
Sometimes, a cycle at a national park, a coffee morning at your local cafe or a 10K run or even a marathon 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 www.globaladventurechallenges.com, but here’s just a few fabulous examples:
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, including Hadrian’s Wall Trek, Ben Nevis Trek, 24 Peak Challenge, Snowdon at Night Trek, Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle, Wales End to End cycle on www.globaladventurechallenges.com