British lung body to focus on providing advice to sufferers

The British Lung Foundation has re-directed its focus away from medical research to providing information and support for people with breathing problems.

The foundation has been running a support network, the Breathe Easy Club, for more than 10 years. But in the past four years it has seen the club's membership numbers double, which has prompted the re-focusing.

The Breathe Easy Club currently supports 20,000 people with lung conditions and the charity intends to more than double that number in the next three years. It aims to have a Breathe Easy Club support group attached to every chest clinic in the country

Dr Mark Britton, chairman of the British Lung Foundation, said: "There is a real demand for support for people who live with a lung disease - which is so often extremely debilitating and isolating. This new strategy will mean that we can plan to expand to meet that demand."

A major volunteer recruitment drive will take place later this year.

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