A local branch of the British Lung Foundation, Breathe
Easy Darlington, has raised £300 for vital equipment which helps
monitor oxygen levels in babies.
Breathe Easy Darlington is part of the British Lung
Foundation, a charity which campaigns for improved lung health.
Breathe Easy members include many patients who have received
treatment at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and
some of whom require oxygen for their own health.
The group has raised £300 to donate to the NHS Trust by
holding a night at the dogs in Sunderland, organising a cake and
books stall and a member of the group completed the Richmond Castle
10k sponsored run.
The group presented the money to Dr John Furness,
Consultant Paediatrician. Dr Furness said: "I am humbled and moved
that patients who have suffered chronic lung disease are giving
their time and energy to help children to enjoy better health in
"The money will go towards equipment which helps monitor
babies' oxygen levels during resuscitation. The equipment is called
a pulse oximeter and measures the baby's pulse and oxygen level by
placing a small infrared light on the baby's hand."
BLF Breathe Easy Darlington Group, meets every third
Wednesday of the month at 1-30pm at the Copper Beech (rear room) on
Neasham Road, for a couple of hours of talks, quizzes, gossip and
all sorts, but always a laugh. Exercise, under a BLF
trained instructor, aimed at lung muscles is also available every
week. New members are encouraged to call 07858 615154.
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have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
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