West Ham United support IPF Week
Players, staff and fans - including Ray Winstone - are coming together in support of IPF Week.
The Premier League team’s theme is “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”.
The fans sing about blowing bubbles before every match.
Blowing bubbles is also the theme for World IPF Week. West Ham players - including Sean Maguire, Ben Marlow and Sam Westley - are getting involved.
We’re asking people to upload pictures of themselves blowing bubbles, in a sign of support for the thousands of people living with IPF.
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan said “I urge everyone to get behind World IPF Week as we are doing here at West Ham United and support the British Lung Foundation to help fight this devastating disease.”
West Ham fan and actor Ray Winstone is getting behind the campaign too. He said “I’m proud that my club is getting behind the British Lung Foundation this World IPF Week. “But this isn’t about club rivalry. This week is about raising awareness of a disease that affects 15,000 people in the UK, but that most people have never heard of. It can affect anyone, has no cure, and can kill with devastating speed.”
“It’s time things change. I’ll definitely be blowing bubbles and texting to donate in support of World IPF Week this year. I hope all Irons, football fans, and all right-minded people across the UK will do so too.”
You can read more about IPF Week and why the Hammers are backing it in this weekend's matchday programme.
This year, 5,000 people like Graham will be diagnosed with IPF in the UK. There’s no cure, and just half will live for more than 3 years after their diagnosis. "I will fight back in every way that I can, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant each tiny step appears to be. Fighting is good, it gives you focus."
You can help to save lives by texting IPF to 70500, which will donate £5 to the BLF. Or if you'd like to give a little more, you can also donate online.
This week is World IPF Week. Find out how you can get involved.