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Stuart Sherriff, trust fundraising officer ...

What is the project and when is it scheduled to start? The project seeks to provide exercise classes in our Breathe Easy patient support groups as a lung exercise pilot programme. There are some 900,000 people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the UK and it is very difficult for breathless people to keep fit. The classes will be run by a physiotherapist or respiratory clinicians, while activities will include circuit walks, exercise bikes, weightlifting and gentle aerobic exercise as well as social and educational activities.

How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? Only the Department of Health, which gave us all we needed.

Which of your other projects has the department previously funded? In 2001-03, we received £22,500 for a literary review of existing research on the respiratory dangers of smoking cannabis and also a subsequent health awareness campaign. We published a report called Cannabis: A Smoking Gun? and publicised it to young people via text messaging.

Was the application for the current project a simple process? The application was turned around in six months. Having dealt with the department before, we knew the project needed to be well thought out and cost-effective.

The initial application form for Section 64 grants was 16 pages long, but that was reduced to just three pages last week to save time.

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