Nottinghamshire dream calendar leaves us breathless!

A group of Nottinghamshire-based men and women have dared to bare in their Dream Calendar to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and raise awareness of people suffering with a lung condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).

Members of the Breathe Easy Nottingham West group, which is a regional group raising funds for the BLF along with local specialist COPD nurses were willing to show a little shoulder for the camera to raise a few smiles – and eyebrows – to raise money with their new 2016 calendar.

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The calendars will be sold for £5.00 each which will be donated to the BLF and thanks to sponsor SoeMac, based in Nottingham, the calendars have been printed free of charge enabling all the money raised to the BLF.

The group is run by Teresa Burgoyne and Jane Reeve who came up with the idea to copy the famous Calendar Girls to raise money for the BLF. Teresa says, “It’s a fantastic idea and we’ve had no shortage of volunteers, in fact everyone has been more than willing to help. It’s been great fun making the calendar and it’s helping to raise awareness of Breathe Easy and COPD. Each picture has an important respiratory message and we’re always looking for ways to get those messages out to people with a lung condition.

“We’ve forged a close relationship with Neil from SoeMac and it’s been fantastic to have his support in making this Dream Calendar come to life. We should both benefit from its success but more importantly raise awareness about COPD and help more people get the support they need. We aim to raise £2,500 for the BLF with the sales of the calendar, which would be a fantastic achievement for the group.”

Neil Stentiford, Managing Director of SOE Health Ltd, which has launched the innovative SoeMac device is a close supporter of the group. He says, “I’ve been a friend of the Breathe Easy group for many years and I’m delighted to have been able to help with this project. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from people with COPD that the SoeMac device is really helping them. The SoeMac machine is a clever little device that is plugged in close to your bed at night and helps the body to use oxygen more efficiently. For some people with COPD it can help to clear mucus, alleviate coughing and contribute to a better night’s sleep.”

The Breathe Easy Nottingham West group is just one of more than 230 groups across the country, which are all part of the BLF’s Breathe Easy support network. It offers support, advice, information and a chance to meet and socialise with people in a similar situation.

Many of the group’s members regularly use SoeMac to help improve their sleep and quality of life. Jane says, “I’ve been using SoeMac for some time now and find that I sleep a lot better and for a long longer, it feels like better quality sleep. The other benefit I’ve noticed is that my sinuses feel a lot clearer. It’s a great product and we’re all really grateful to Neil for helping us to create the Dream Calendar.”

The Dream Calendar is available online now Esty, search for BreathEasyNW 

. The Breathe Easy Nottingham West group is open to all those who fight for breath, their families and carers. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall, Hill Top, Eastwood, NG16 2AQ.

2. To find out more about the group, visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SoeMac-Oxygen-Energy-1498920877014198/?ref=hl

3. Find out more about the calendar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XB92se-cMk

4. For more information about SoeMac visit www.soemac.com

5. British Lung Foundation – leading the fight against lung disease. BLF Helpline 03000 030 555 www.blf.org.uk

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