Lewis welcomes funding for asthma charity

31 May 2018

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today tabled a parliamentary motion, welcoming the news that local charity Asthma and Allergy Foundation has been awarded£136,560 by the Big Lottery Fund.

The funding will allow the charity to launch a new three-year project in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which aims to educate children and young people with asthma about the condition.

Lewis said :

“I have seen first-hand the excellent work done by Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s staff and volunteers when they have joined me on my regular visits to sheltered housing blocks across the city, to educate older residents with asthma about managing their condition.

“ I was also delighted to attend the opening of Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s specialist Asthma Support Centre in Dyce in 2017.

“It is great news that children and young people across the North East will now benefit from their expertise.”

Martina Chukwuma-Ezike, Chief Executive of Asthma and Allergy Foundation said:

“We are delighted to have received a grant of £136,560 from the Big Lottery Fund.

“This funding means a lot to our charity because it will enable us to deliver a range of essential asthma workshops and management sessions over the next three years that will help children and young people with asthma manage their symptoms better and improve their quality of life.

“When children and young people learn to manage their asthma, they will live longer, healthier, active and symptom-free lives - not lives compromised by their asthma.”

Motion lodged by Lewis Macdonald

Title: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the Asthma and Allergy Foundation on being awarded £136,560 by the Big Lottery Fund; understands that the funding will be used to deliver a range of workshops and information sessions over the next three years to children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have asthma; recognises the important role that the foundation plays in communicating information and advice to people in the north east with this condition, including holding sessions in sheltered housing as well as school-based programmes, and wishes it good luck with its latest project to educate children and young people.