To the strains of Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet, the National Asbestos Helpline team enjoyed a French style breakfast today as part of the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) Big Breakfast campaign.
The campaign is appetisingly simple and runs throughout November. All you have to do is make a big breakfast for family, friends, work colleagues or the general public. In return it’s hoped that your guests will donate a few pounds to the amazing work of the BLF while they munch on cereal.
It can be any type of breakfast, from a Full English to a quick bacon butty at your desk. We decided on a French theme because it has a certain… Je ne sais quoi.
We’re supporting the BLF’s campaign because November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and we talk to people dealing with the devastating consequences of this type of cancer every day.
According to the Health and Safety Executive more than 2,500 people die each year from mesothelioma. This is an aggressive and incurable type of lung cancer caused, in the vast majority of cases, by exposure to asbestos dust.
The HSE also estimate that asbestos-related lung cancer kills another 2,500 people in the UK each year. We suspect that this figure is the tip of the iceberg when you take into account the fact that there are more than 35,000 deaths a year from lung cancer. It is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK.
We want people to be aware that asbestos can also cause lung cancer and to consider whether they have been exposed. It’s important they discuss their work history and possible exposure with their GP or consultant, and get it on record. It could make all the difference to the level of care and for making provisions for the family’s future.
Meanwhile the BLF’s work never stops. The organisation supports people affected by any type of lung condition, it campaigns for positive change in the nation’s lung health and funds vital research into new treatments and cures – and we’re guessing that the BLF can also make a cracking breakfast.
Check out the photographs below of our little French breakfast today, which will have raised nearly £50.