Help for people with chronic lung disease

Breath Easy Mid Sussex volunteers with their display stand
Breath Easy Mid Sussex volunteers with their display stand

Money to train a practice nurse to help sufferers of chronic lung diseases is being donated by a group of Mid Sussex volunteers.

The Breathe Easy Mid Sussex group is providing the money in Hassocks to pay for the training of a nurse specialising in the care of patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Members are also paying for six nebulisers to be used by patients elsewhere in the community.

Breath Easy Mid Sussex holds several awareness events throughout the year and its proactive endeavours have been recognised with the British Lung Foundation’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air Award’. Supporters also raise funds whenever they can including through a sponsored walk by members this year.

Chairperson Jennifer Ellingwood said most of its fund raising was put to use within the local community with other funds going to the research programme into lung disease run by the British Lung Foundation, of which it is a part.

This week volunteers will be making a donation to Mid Sussex Health Care for the training of a practice nurse specialising in the care of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, at Hassocks Health Centre.

Six Nebulisers will also be supplied to the Respiratory Community Team in Mid Sussex as well as a donation of toiletries to the Princess Royal Hospital for patients admitted via A&E.

Jennifer said: “We offer support and information to anyone with a lung condition and their carers and meet on the last Thursday of each month in the Millfield Suite at the rear of Cyprus Hall in Burgess Hill.

“With more than 40 different types of Lung Disorders we are there for each and everyone. We are also regional winners of the “Breath of Fresh Air Award” in recognition of Outstanding Campaigning and Awareness Raising and now display our certificate with pride.”

Anyone who wants more information or to join the group can contact Jenny on 01273 834295 or email jennyellingford@btinternet.com