Breath of Life
Since 1997 Breath of Life have funded research and provided equipment and facilities to help in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients in hospital, in clinics and at home, where statutory funding was not available. North Staffordshire has amongst the highest rates of lung disease in the UK. Even though the area no longer relies on the traditional mining and manufacturing industries that may have contributed to lung disease in the past, the incidence of respiratory disease is still rising.
We help people with all lung diseases: asthma, lung cancer, COPD (the umbrella term for conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema), Cystic Fibrosis, TB, Sleep Apnoea and many other less common respiratory conditions.
Breath of Life funds research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, cures and treatments of respiratory diseases, also providing equipment for use in research and by patients, whether in hospitals, clinics, GP’s surgeries or at home.
Our support for asthma patients has included part-funding the local arm of a piece of international research which pinpointed one of the genes that causes asthma. More recently we have supplied one of the first of a new generation of machines to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to improve diagnosis and treatment of asthma in the area.
Children and young adults
We help children with lung disease and have raised funds so that youngsters with Cystic Fibrosis can have a more comfortable and homely stay in hospital when they have to remain in isolation for some time. We have also provided funding so that babies and children can have the breathing monitors and equipment that they need to safeguard them at home.
Patients have benefited from a number of pieces of equipment we have provided to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to help patients who have respiratory conditions. We have also produced a series of information leaflets for patients with COPD and lung cancer.
Respiratory equipment does not always cost a huge amount of money and some of the equipment that makes a big difference can cost as little as £250.
We need your help
Breath of Life are reliant on the generosity of local people, groups and businesses and the hard work of our volunteers to raise the funds that are needed to help others. As all administration is handled by the Staffordshire Community Foundation, it means that more of your donation goes to help people directly. If you would like to donate to the Breath of Life fund please give us a call on 01785 339540.