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Kate supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and encouraging others to do the same.

The charity’s UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease. They encourage anyone who feels breathless take their online breath test.

The test allows people to check their health through a 10 simple questions, based around the Medical Research Council breathlessness scale. The aim is to reassure people who don't have a problem and guide those with significant breathlessness to make an appointment with their GP.

Kate said: “Completing the BLF’s online ‘breath test’ is a really easy way of checking your lung health. I’d encourage everyone to try it. It’ll either give you peace of mind or start you on a path to helping you manage your breathlessness.

“If you’re even slightly worried a loved one has been feeling increasingly short of breath – please make sure they take the test.”

Dr Penny Woods, CEO of British Lung Foundation said: “Our reception in Westminster gave us the opportunity to throw the spotlight on breathlessness, which can be sign of lung disease. Fewer than half of us would be concerned at feeling short of breath doing daily tasks. Often people put it down to age or fitness, and don’t seek advice from their GP.

“There are thousands of people in Stretford & Urmston with a lung condition, but not everyone’s aware they have one. It’s great to have support from Kate in encouraging people to ‘Listen to their lungs’ if they feel breathless. Together we can ensure that those people who are suffering with an undiagnosed lung condition seek help and get the support they need. With treatment, people can live longer, healthier lives.”

Over 250,000 people have taken the test since it was launched last year. Over 70 per cent of people who have taken the test have had medically concerning levels of breathlessness.

The BLF’s Listen to your lungs campaign complements Public Health England’s national Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which is raising awareness of persistent cough and breathlessness as possible symptoms of lung disease, including lung cancer, and heart disease.

To take the test visit: www.blf.org.uk/breathtest

"Listen to your lungs" says Kate

Kate supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and encouraging others to do the same.

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Kate joined a cross-party Parliamentary event to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors in Stretford and Urmston.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, supported by blood cancer charity and stem cell register Anthony Nolan, held the event to mark the progress made by the transplant community in the past year.

In Stretford and Urmston, the number of potential stem cell donors registered with Anthony Nolan is 1,275. 39 per cent of these donors are male, and the average age is 32.

In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Kate is encouraging more people from Stretford and Urmston, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant.  

While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate, and are currently underrepresented on the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Kate said: “I am very proud that Stretford and Urmston has 1,275 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from Stretford and Urmston will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements the transplant community has made in the past year, and we’re particularly grateful to all the registered donors in Stretford and Urmston for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.” 

Kate celebrates community’s efforts to cure blood cancer

Kate joined a cross-party Parliamentary event to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors in Stretford and Urmston.

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Parliament is now on its summer break, and I'll be out and about in the constituency (and taking some time away on holiday!) over the next few weeks. 

It's been a busy time since the general election: I've contributed 26 times to debates in the chamber and Westminster Hall, asked 59 written questions of ministers, and my staff team and I have already taken up more than 200 new cases and queries for residents since the election on 8 June. 

So it will be nice to have some time to recharge my batteries, and to catch up with local residents to hear your concerns and views. We are just at the start of what we now expect will be a two-year parliament, for which Theresa May set out the government's programme in the Queen's Speech last month. It would be great if you'd take a few minutes to complete this survey to let me know what matters coming up in parliament are most important to you and your family, and what you'd like me to concentrate on in the constituency and in Westminster when we return after the summer break.

Meantime, I'm looking forward to meeting as many as possible of you in person too. If you've got an event or project you'd like me to visit, please let me know. It's been lovely visiting so many fabulous businesses, schools, community groups and charities; welcoming young people who've done work experience in my office; and meeting local residents, since the election. Here are a few pictures of what I've been up to in the past few weeks.

Best wishes,

Kate

P.S: I’m holding an update on Brexit matters for local residents on Tuesday 19th September. If you’re interested in coming along please save the date – more details will follow soon. 

 

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Parliament is now on its summer break – and I want to hear from you

Parliament is now on its summer break, and I'll be out and about in the constituency (and taking some time away on holiday!) over the next few weeks. 


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