A CHUNK of our monster cash giveaway would guarantee people with breathing problems a meeting place for at least another two years.
That’s why Eric Compton, who runs support group Breathe Easy, at Buckland Community Centre, Portsmouth, is applying for one of the £1,000 grants which Comic Relief has put up for grabs.
Eric, who lives in Medina Road, Cosham, wants to continue giving people who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which attacks airwaves in the lungs, a better life.
He would love to use the money to cover the cost of hiring out the centre and pay for more equipment to help people with their breathing exercises.
The funding would also pay for more guest speakers, who are often health professionals, to come along and chat to members about their condition and what they can do to feel better.
Eric, who founded Breathe Easy after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said: ‘This would mean a lot to us.
‘The giveaway is a great incentive, I’m definitely behind it.
‘It would help keep up the work we do to improve people’s lives.
‘We are letting people throughout the area know about and make them more aware of COPD.
‘We make sure to keep members up-to-date with the latest treatments, too.
‘The money would definitely ensure that the costs of hiring our venue would be covered for a couple of years.’
The group is not government-funded and relies on money it makes from raffles and sales of tea and coffee.
When cash is available members also go on days out.
‘We’re so grateful for every penny we get,’ Eric said.
‘The people who come here would struggle to fund everything themselves.
‘There are areas in Portsmouth like Buckland where the number of people with COPD is that much greater.
As previously reported, The News has teamed up with Comic Relief to give away a whopping £50,000 to deserving community groups, youth clubs, parent and toddler groups, lunch clubs, community festivals and facilities that need improving.
You can apply for a Community Cash Grant of between £500 and £1,000.
The deadline for applications is Red Nose Day, March 15, when the big television broadcast takes place on BBC1.
To register log on to hants.cf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/red-nose-day-community-cash.aspx