World COPD Day - 20 November 2019

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) affects 1.2 million people in the UK, and millions more have COPD but don’t even know it. 

Linda's life was turned around when she discovered how getting active could help her recover her breath. Despite living with COPD, exercise has opened up another new world for her.

Life with COPD can be difficult. It's a progressive condition, which means there is currently no cure, and everyday tasks can become a challenge. 

But with your help, we can change this. We're the only UK charity looking after the nation's lungs, and we're researching COPD to find new treatments and cures. Will you support us?

Chris living with COPD outside

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have been narrowed.

Support COPD research on World COPD Day

If you're living with COPD, we're here for you.

We've got plenty of online information on COPD, including advice on self-management plans and our COPD passport.  We can also send you leaflets in the post. Or, ring our helpline on 03000 030 555 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Support us on social

Show your support online

Show your support for #WorldCOPDDay by posting on Twitter or joining us on Facebook.


Share our breath test

If someone you know gets out of breath doing everyday tasks, encourage them to take our online breath test.

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