Group breathes easy in Creggan

Group pictured at the Breathe Easy Group's 'Breathless Not Helpless' Information Day at the Old Library Trust in Creggan on Tuesday afternoon. Seated front, centre, is Nessie Blair, British Lung Foundation's Development Officer. 2101JM01
Group pictured at the Breathe Easy Group's 'Breathless Not Helpless' Information Day at the Old Library Trust in Creggan on Tuesday afternoon. Seated front, centre, is Nessie Blair, British Lung Foundation's Development Officer. 2101JM01

A Creggan-based Breatheasy group is celebrating success in being invited to address the British Lung Foundation Conference later this month.

The invite was made as the group, formed in 2008, has become one of the largest in the British Lung Foundation Support Network.

Seamus Heaney, Project Director of the Old Library Trust, Healthy Living Centre, (HLC) Creggan where the group meet, is to address the conference.

The Belfast conference is held the week of national Non-Smoking Day, March 16.

Bronagh Cooper, Support Worker at HLC, said the success of the Breatheasy group “mirrors that of the centre itself.”

“Before we set this one up there was no support group for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis or emphysema in Derry.

“There is no doubt that the group is run for and by the group. If they need advice on certain health issues we bring in the relevant people to speak to them.

“It is also about people simply sharing their own experiences with others who understand.

“This is all done in an informal, comfortable setting.”

The group organise information days on the first Tuesday of every month.

This week several Derry City players, including Kevin Deery and Barry Molloy, joined 34 members of the group for a seminar in respiratory exercises.

Those attending were also given free lung capacity tests.

Michael Hegarty then put the group through their paces and provided advice on living with and improving lung disease.

Mr. Hegarty is a physiotherapist based at the Old Library Trust.

To join a Breatheasy session telephone 71 373870 or visit facebook/DerryBreatheEasy