Health sufferers take on challenge for charity

Portsmouth Breathe Easy group fundraisers
Portsmouth Breathe Easy group fundraisers
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A GROUP of people with chronic breathing problems took on a walking challenge to help fund research into their condition.

Twenty-one people from Breathe Easy Portsmouth walked from Clarence Pier to Southsea Pier recently to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.

For most healthy people, walking a mile and a half poses no problem, but for this group, it posed significant challenges, which they were determined to overcome.

It took the group one hour 15 minutes to walk a mile and a half – with several stoppages.

Paul Lipscombe, social secretary for Breathe Easy, said: ‘There’s no cure for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

‘I had to take medication especially to do the walk. We had quite a few stops to get our breath back and I had to use my inhaler.’

They had raised £800 prior to the walk but are hoping to go through the £1,000 barrier once other donations have been counted.

Southsea entrepreneur Laurence Mendel has just joined the group and handed over a cheque before the walk.

There are support groups for people with the condition. Visit