Charity in focus: Breathe for Cameron

Published: Monday 20th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Breathe for Cameron works tirelessly to make Hull and East Yorkshire asthmatic-friendly.

Founded in 2015, the Hull-based charity was initially set up after the devastating loss of ten-year-old Cameron Good to an asthma attack.

We spoke to Craig Salter, co-founder of the cause, to find out more about their work and how we can all help to potentially save a life from this common yet life-threatening lung condition.

Can you tell us a little bit more about Breathe for Cameron?

We’re a children’s asthma charity. We provide all of the schools in Hull with emergency inhalers and spacers. More recently, we’ve expanded into the East Riding.

Why is it important to supply schools with this equipment?

Pollution is on the rise. Hull is very badly affected by pollution and the air quality is not great, especially in the city centre.

We always encourage children to take control of their own asthma, such as carrying inhalers. But of course, it isn’t so simple. Sometimes, an inhaler can run out whilst a child is using it; kids leave stuff at home and it could get damaged whilst their out playing or during a paper round.

If they don’t have that emergency inhaler there, there is no way to get the medication to them. By having the equipment on site in schools, teachers know that if a situation does arise, they have them to hand.

On top of your work with schools, you frequently collaborate with other charities to raise awareness of the condition. Is there anything you’re working on at the moment?

One of our biggest projects right now is acquiring the funds to purchase Hull Royal Infirmary a piece of equipment called the Resmon Pro. We have teamed up with the wonderful cystic fibrosis charity CHIEF to help raise the funds to purchase this revolutionary machine. It will help to spot the signs of lung disease and can be used to diagnose and tailor treatment plans for those who live with asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

It will also allow the respiratory team to prevent these illnesses in their early stages, rather than waiting for them to develop and then trying to administer treatment.

One of the key things is that the Resmon Pro is an easier way to detect asthma and other conditions in children and those with disabilities.

The current techniques include spirometry tests and observations. It’s quite difficult to get a child to complete the spirometry test accurately as it requires them to breathe as fast as they can through a mouthpiece. Often, their breathing rate is already skewed because they are nervous about being in a hospital.

How can people support Breathe for Cameron?

We’re in the process of signing up with Facebook Donation, an online fundraising platform for charities. We’d love it if people donated there.

Also, keep an eye out for some of our informative events. At each of these we have asthma nurses to chat to and inform people about the condition. Even if you don’t suffer from asthma, there’s a chance you may know someone who does. If you do come across someone experiencing an asthma attack, knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death.

On Friday 24 November, we’re hosting a Charity Dunker with Mouth Cancer Foundation. HOTA will open its doors from 10am until 7pm to teams of four to raise some funds for Breathe for Cameron and Mouth Cancer Foundation. If you fancy getting involved, contact rachel.richardson@hota.org or get more info online.

Thursday 30 November is Cameron’s anniversary, so the charity will understandably shut down until the New Year, where we have lots of events and fundraisers in the pipeline.

Find out more and show your support for Breathe for Cameron.

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Published: Monday 20th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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