The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a great increase in the need for the BLF’s services including the Helpline team who offer invaluable emotional support and specialist health information to people affected by lung disease.
Since the outbreak, the BLF are receiving three times the usual volume of calls. In total the small team have received over 312 calls which is a record within the organisation.
The charity has also been affected by the cancellation of multiple fundraising events that were planned throughout the year. And now, they need your help more than ever.
Back in July 2019, it was announced at the UKATA AGM that the association and the BLF would be joining forces to raise awareness and help support fundraising activities to help fund research and support those affected by lung conditions cause by asbestos-related diseases.
On Sunday 26 April 2020, the BLF launched the 2.6 Challenge to try and raise the crucial funds needed to keep the charity going.
Since then, Membership Manager, Sasha Brailsford rose to the challenge and ran a whopping 2.6 km in 21 minutes 43 seconds. And now, it's your turn.
To take part in the 2.6 Challenge, you need to dream-up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. Some examples could be to run 2.6 miles, do 26 press ups or remain silent for 26 minutes.
To start your fundraising, you can set up a Just Giving Page here and promote it to your friends, family and co-workers to donate and get them involved. The only rule for the 2.6 Challenge is to follow the Governments Guidelines on how to exercise safely.
If you need more information about the 2.6 Challenge, you can find it on the BLF’s website here.