Hunts Breathe for Life is a local patient support group for anyone affected by lung problems. The group is a Registered Charity (No 1122152) and meets on a monthly basis on the fourth Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays, when it meets on the third Monday). Meetings are held in the Methodist Church Hall, The Waits, St Ives. Meetings normally commence at 2.00pm. There is a municipal car park close by and the Hall is easily accessible by wheelchair and electric buggy.
The primary aim of the group is to provide information and support, not only to patients, but also their carers/family and friends. In addition to informative talks (around 6-7 per year) by various professional speakers covering a wide range of health and welfare issues, the group also arranges a variety of social events. These include a Summer Tea, Christmas Tea, Carol Concert, Spring Pub Lunch, Autumn Club Lunch, fundraising events and lastly, around 3-4 coach trips per year to places of interest.
MEET THE FAMILY
Hello there folks; my name is Huffin the Puffin and I am writing to let you know that Hunts Breathe for Life (which is a local support group for people suffering from lung disease) have chosen me to be their mascot. What is that I hear you say - "what self-respecting organisation would choose a comical bird like you to represent them?" You may well mock my friends, but let me assure you that after much discussion with local "twitchers", not to mention extensive collaboration with ornithological experts of international repute, the consensus of opinion is that I am admirably suited for the role. Nay, of all the members of the avian species I am the most suitable and obvious choice.
THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT LUNG DISEASE
One in five people in the UK are affected by lung disease
Lung disease is the third biggest cause of death in UK
UK has a higher rate of respiratory deaths than other OECD countries
The cost of lung disease to the NHS each year is £4.7 Billion
WHAT IS RESPIRATORY DISEASE?
Respiratory disease covers a diverse range of conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis, and lung cancer, as well as many others. Respiratory doctors also manage pneumonia, which is a severe infection of the lungs that kills large numbers of people, including those with existing lung conditions.