coastalchallengeBreathe Easy are so grateful to Rob da Bank for donating 2 tickets to the Bestival, worth £400! These tickets will be awarded to the person who raises the most money as they take part in Breathe Easy’s Coastal Walk by the closing date of May 31st.

This will involve walking up to 72 miles round the Island spread over 6 days and 2 weekends, March 29th – 31st and April 5th – 7th in a group that will start at 10am each day. The actual mileage covered is up to each individual. Entry forms and further details can be found at the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s in Newport and it is hoped that many people will take part as it is being held over the half term holiday.

Breathe Easy are very fortunate as Sainsbury’s have adopted them as their charity for the year and are doing all they can to give the group much needed publicity, as well as helping them to raise funds, and some of their staff members will also be taking part in this walk.

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One in six people on the Island suffer from some kind of respiratory problem and Breathe Easy was started in 2000 with the aim of offering help and advice to any Islander who has anything from childhood asthma to the more serious diseases such as emphysema.

The social group meets every second Friday at 2pm in the Respiratory Department of the hospital and these are also run in conjunction with exercise classes.

Lauren and Sally Sturmey say, ‘We will definitely be taking part in this walk. Our grandmother has emphysema and we are amazed at the difference in her health since she became involved with Breathe Easy. The chance to win tickets to the Bestival is an added bonus!’

All money raised will be used to purchase equipment for the respiratory department and to further the work that they do.Donations can be sent to Andy Savage at the Respiratory Department, and any cheques should be made out to ‘Breathe Easy Isle of Wight’.

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