The BLF is offering free lung function tests and information to shoppers in Connswater Shopping Centre, Belfast, from 10am-4pm, as part of the first ever ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign in Northern Ireland.
Over 31,000 people inNorthern Irelandare diagnosed with COPD. It is thought that many more suffer from the condition without knowing it. The ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign aims to find those who need help and provide the relevant referrals.
The event is supported by local respiratory nurse consultant, Anne Marie Marley, who was recently awarded an MBE for her services to respiratory health inNorthern Ireland. She said: “I’m really looking forward to attending the ‘Love Your Lungs’ event on No Smoking Day.
“Smoking is a major cause of all lung conditions, including COPD and will make symptoms significantly worse. What better time to kick the habit then, No Smoking Day?
“Early diagnosis is crucial to successfully treating most respiratory conditions. Taking two minutes to have a lung function test could save a lot of future uncertainty and discomfort.”
Chris Lyttle MLA said:”I’m delighted to support the British Lung Foundation’s ‘Love Your Lungs’ event on No Smoking Day.
“We’ve all got a responsibility to look after ourselves. Making lifestyle changes, such as quitting a smoking habit, can make a big difference to our health and the health of those around us. “
Judith Cochrane MLA said:”I’m very excited to attend the ‘Love Your Lungs’ event and really impressed by the work of the British Lung Foundation.
“Those diagnosed with a respiratory illness can sometimes feel overwhelmed, so it’s great that the BLF is there to offer support and remind us all of the wealth of help available.”
Head of the British Lung FoundationScotlandandNorthern Ireland, Dr James Cant said: “I’m really encouraged that the ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign is receiving such significant support from a range of professionals connected to the delivery of respiratory services.
“Anne Marie Marely MBE has such a wealth of experience in this area. I’m delighted she recognises the difference that ‘Love Your Lungs’ events will make to people’s lives.”
British Lung Foundation Development Officer forNorthern Ireland, Nessie Blair, said: “I am thrilled that the ‘Love Your Lungs’ campaign is receiving such extensive support. It really is a great way to reach people who need help the most.
“The British Lung Foundation has a range of services available, such as our extensive network of local support in the form of Breathe Easy Groups.
“Dropping into a ‘Love Your Lungs’ event is the ideal way to find out how we can help you.”