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Our Three Forefathers

Our Three Forefathers

There are 3 important gentlemen that were instrumental in creating our charity
A Christmas Carol – Jane’s Story

A Christmas Carol – Jane’s Story

Jane Walker was forced to give up choir singing upon developing Bronchiectasis. How does she revive her passion? She shares it. Bronchiectasis is an abnormal increase in the size of […]
A Trek for my Grandmother, By Harpreet Dhatt

A Trek for my Grandmother, By Harpreet Dhatt

On Christmas Eve 2013, pulmonary fibrosis took away the most important person in my life. My grandmother, Surjit Kaur, was my best friend; she gave me unconditional love and support. […]
My Dad, by Chloe Ham

My Dad, by Chloe Ham

Clive Ham, my dad, was 56 when he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. We never imagined that within 4 years of being diagnosed my dad would lose his fight […]
My Amazing Father, David John de Warrenne

My Amazing Father, David John de Warrenne

We recently lost my Dad, David John de Warrenne, to an awful disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and pneumonia. Dad was such a lovely and truly wonderful man loved by […]
A Tribute to Beryl Wakeman

A Tribute to Beryl Wakeman

Beryl Wakeman 12.04.1936 to 10.01.2014  My Mom was diagnosed with bronchiectasis in July 2013, she had been ill for a long time, but was very strong willed.  In July, we […]
The Back-Room Team

The Back-Room Team

This was tweeted on the 16th September by Breathing Matters (@BreathingMatter): ”Imagine not being able to breathe and imagine having no cure! Help us find a cure for #IPF #Pulmonaryfibrosis http://t.co/B1AqJTAVkm“ 140 […]
My Father, by Manjiry Tamhane,

My Father, by Manjiry Tamhane,

My Father  – By Manjiry Tamhane, Patron of Breathing Matters My father was the life and soul of any party. He was laid back, carefree, open-minded and adventurous. He loved […]
Having a Lung Transplant

Having a Lung Transplant

By John Beverton  My GP changed my life by recognising early that I was not well and referred me to my consultant at UCLH. I can clearly recall being told […]
Richard Sainsbury: The Story Behind the Charity Single, Happier Times

Richard Sainsbury: The Story Behind the Charity Single, Happier Times

By Sasquatch Bob I didn’t know my girlfriend’s father, Richard Sainsbury, that long really, just a little over three years in fact. I knew him long enough to be deeply impressed and inspired […]
A Tribute to Clara Saunders

A Tribute to Clara Saunders

By Denise James Our story starts February 1994. Our wonderful father, Robert Burns, 57 years, was a gentle man who just adored his family. We are a close family; my […]
A Tribute to Nesta Wade

A Tribute to Nesta Wade

My mum was a hard working loveable and caring person and nothing deterred her right up to the last admission into hospital. In August 2012, mum was diagnosed with breast […]
A Second Chance at 48

A Second Chance at 48

By David Kenningham   I think I have always been lucky. The harder I worked the luckier I got, always in the right place at the right time. However, nothing […]
A Tribute to Mark Hulme

A Tribute to Mark Hulme

By Sheila Hulme, Mark’s wife: Mark, my husband, died from Pulmonary Fibrosis last year, sadly I had not heard of this dreadful disease until Mark was diagnosed with it 7 […]
A Tribute to Molly Brear

A Tribute to Molly Brear

Tribute by her daughter, Louise Lowrie My mum Molly was born in Leeds and moved to Doncaster as a small child. She met my dad, Laurence, at work. He was […]
A Tribute to David Dainty

A Tribute to David Dainty

David J Dainty 07.06.39 – 03.07.12  By Keith Millman MBE David Dainty was a committed general dental practitioner practising amongst likeminded colleagues who were prepared to offer ‘out of hours’ […]
A Tribute to Ken Seddon

A Tribute to Ken Seddon

Kenneth ‘Ken’ Seddon was born on 2nd June 1934 in St Helens to Henry and Harriet Seddon. Ken had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and following a short illness with pneumonia, […]
Breathing Matters Golf Day – a Fitting Tribute to Graham Smith

Breathing Matters Golf Day – a Fitting Tribute to Graham Smith

Graham Smith was diagnosed with bronchiectasis at the tender age of 5 years old and was told there was no cure.  Professor Pilcher, a lung surgeon at UCH, wanted to […]
A Tribute to Dorothy Parkinson

A Tribute to Dorothy Parkinson

By Dorothy’s daugher, Janice Fletcher Dorothy Parkinson (nee Bell) was born in August 1930 in Salford to Ethel and Walter Bell and died on 11th May 2012 with her loving family […]
A Tribute to Ted Crispin

A Tribute to Ted Crispin

Ted would have been 77 on 27th June 2012, but sadly passed away on 11th August last year – a victim of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  Ted was diagnosed in May […]
A Tribute to Ana Timberlake

A Tribute to Ana Timberlake

By Ana’s daughters, Rita Al Merei and Teresa Timberlake Our mother, Ana Timberlake, who died aged 66 of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, was one of those rare women […]
A Tribute to Patrick O’Sullivan

A Tribute to Patrick O’Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan was born in the County of Clare in 1947. He had three elder siblings, Betty, Martha and John. He grew up at the family house in Killaloe, Co […]
A Tribute to Lawrence Matz

A Tribute to Lawrence Matz

Our dear friend, Lawence Matz, sadly lost his struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis in the early hours of Wednesday, 17th August 2011. A month ago, we had asked him to provide […]

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