How we spend our money

We can only do what we do because of your donations, and we believe in being open and transparent. Here's how we spend the money you give us.


We're a small charity with a big mission: we are well-run and efficient and we work hard to make sure every penny you donate delivers results.

For every £1 we receive, 79p goes directly on looking after the nation’s lung health and 21p towards running the charity. In 2015-16 we also used funds raised in previous years, from our reserves, to more than double our investment in research.

How we spend our money

How we spend your money graphic test tubeLast year, we spent £8 million. This was made possible by using funds raised in previous years, held in reserves. 

 Research (including admin costs) - Some projects will run over more than one year, and we set aside money now. Last year, 115% more went into research investment, totalling £1.5m for new research projects. We also funded 18 travel fellowships, investing in the researchers of the future. 

 Patient support and services  - This included running our helpline and supporting patient groups. There were 28 new singing groups set up across the UK, we began our new integrated Breathe Easy groups, and our BLF Professionals helped 375,000 people living with lung conditions.  Find out how we can support you.

 Policy, campaigns and prevention - This included our work to raise awareness around the UK. Smoking in cars with children was banned in October 2015. The law on packaging for tobacco changed too, and we continue to campaign for cleaner air in parliaments around the UK. Learn more about our campaigns, or join one. 

 Cost of fundraising - To engage new supporters and develop new ways to raise money. See how you can fundraise for us.

Where our money comes from

We rely on your donations to do what we do. 

Where our money comes from test tube Donations - Most of our money comes from you. In 2015-16, you generously gave over £5m - 12% more than the previous year. Thank you, we really couldn't do what we do without you. Make a donation today.

 Legacies - Many people have left us a gift in their will, allowing us to make a lasting legacy. Find out about leaving a gift in your will.

 Income for specific charitable activities -  We also received income for specific activities, including 50% more research income, of which over half came from two insurance companies and a trust to study mesothelioma. We also received income from grant-givers to fund specific programmes like Keep active, keep well.

 Investment income - We also have some income from carefully managed investments.

 Other trading activities - Our trading income more than doubled, mostly due to sales of our paid-for self-management health information. 

All these figures are from our 2015-16 financial year, and we'll update them every year.

View our audited accounts and annual reports