Trusts and other grant funding

Here are just some of the generous grants we’ve received recently

Garfield Weston Foundation – COPD Research

The Garfield Weston Foundation awarded us  £240,000 to fund research into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for several respiratory conditions, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and small airways disease. The grant funded three research projects led by researchers at the University of London and the University of Cambridge:

  • How does lack of oxygen cause white blood cells to damage lung tissue in COPD?
  • Investigating whether proteins usually involved in blood clotting are important in COPD
  • A study to explore a potential new treatment for COPD exacerbations


Rayne Foundation – BLF Nurse Programme

The Rayne Foundation awarded us a £13,288 grant for our BLF Nurse Programme. The grant enabled us to badge 4 new nurses in Newcastle, Plymouth, Forest of Dean and County Durham.

John Ellerman Foundation – Breathe Easy group development 


The John Ellerman Foundation awarded us £60,000 over 2 years towards the development ofour network of Breathe Easy peer support groups. The funding helped us to set up 15 new groups in areas of need.

Big Lottery Fund

We received a grant of £134,131 from the Big Lottery Fund that helped us run our pioneering “Empowering Communities” project in the West Midlands over 2 years. The grant covered the cost of a new development officer, who focused on reaching out to communities across the region and providing support for people living with long-term lung disease in collaboration with local healthcare professionals. The grant also paid for extra training and resources for our West Midlands Breathe Easy group volunteers.

Big Lottery Fund

Every donation we receive lets us continue providing crucial support and information to people with lung disease, their carers and their families. To find out more about working with us please contact Daniel Greenwood, Trusts and Major Donors Manager, on 020 7078 7918 or daniel.greenwood@blf.org.uk