LOTHIANS MSP RUNS FOR LUNGS! – Greens’ co-leader dons his trainers for lung disease charity

Green Lothians MSP Robin Harper today (27 August) ran in the British Lung Foundation Scotland’s race at Glasgow Green to highlight the plight of the 1 in 5 people in Scotland affected by lung disease.

Mr Harper said: “I’m delighted to have taken part in the British Lung Foundation Scotland’s 5K run. We should all do everything we can to help Scotland become a healthier nation. Races motivate participants to raise funds for good causes such as the British Lung Foundation Scotland and do their own health the power of good in the process – they’re also great fun and I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.”

This is the third event of its kind for the charity, which provides information and support to the 8 million people in the UK who suffer from lung disease through local patient ‘Breathe Easy’ support groups and a dedicated helpline.

The organisation has groups which meet regularly in Edinburgh and are open to all people who have a lung condition, and all those who care for a friend or relative with lung problems. The 5k ‘Lung Run’ and coinciding 2.5k ‘Little Lung Run’ for children is a fun day out for all the family.

However, Head of the British Lung Foundation in Scotland, Andrew Powrie-Smith is keen to stress the underlying importance of raising funds and awareness.

Mr Powrie-Smith said: “Lung disease can strike people of all ages, leaving them short of breath and unable to lead a fulfilling life. It affects the equivalent of one person in every household, ranging from asthma and emphysema, to TB and lung cancer.

“The Lung Run and Little Lung Run are a great way to make a real difference to Scots living with lung disease – whether it’s premature babies with lung damage, kids with asthma, or adults with terminal illness.

“We are delighted that Robin is helping us get our message across through his participation in the Lung Run.”

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For further information please call Jennifer Clark, Communications & Information Officer on 0141 229 0318.

About the Run
The 5k Lung Run and the Little Lung Run, organised by the British Lung Foundation Scotland takes place from 12.00 noon on Sunday 27th August 2006 in Glasgow. Over the past 2 years over 1000 runners have taken part in the 5K Lung Run, and last year the Little Lung Run for children aged 5 – 15 was introduced to make the day even bigger, better and more fun! One person in five in Scotland is affected by a lung disease, whether it’s mild asthma or lung cancer, and the British Lung Foundation, as the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease, is here for every one of them. The money raised through the Lung Run 2006 and Little Lung Run will help us to help premature babies with lung damage, kids with asthma, and adults with terminal illness.

Background Information

About the British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease. We support people affected by lung disease through the individual challenges they will face. Support is the focus of many of our activities, including Breathe Easy, our nationwide support network and Baby Breathe Easy, our parent support groups. We help people to understand their condition. We do this by providing comprehensive and clear information on paper, on the web and on the telephone. And we work for positive change in lung health. We do this by campaigning, raising awareness and funding world-class research.

About Breathe Easy
Breathe Easy is the British Lung Foundation support network. We provide information, support and friendship to anyone affected by lung disease. People with lung conditions, and those who care for them, often feel isolated. Breathe Easy provides a good opportunity to be in touch with other people who have lung conditions. Breathe Easy has become an integral part of the support and care that patients receive. It has also grown into a powerful campaigning force for change – through the work of people affected by lung disease. The network has 22,000 supporters and over 125 patient support groups, and we are working to increase these numbers. The British Lung Foundation has a dedicated team to support and work with the Breathe Easy network across the UK.

About Local Breathe Easy Groups
Breathe Easy Edinburgh meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 7pm until 9pm in Craigmillar Park Church Hall. Breathe Easy Dalkeith & Bonnyrigg meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 2pm until 4pm in the Older People’s Welfare Centre, Dalkeith.

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