My name is Delaney. At the BLF, I coordinate COPD and lung cancer awareness campaigns. Recently, we’ve been running campaigns in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale in England, and Glasgow, the Forth Valley, and Grampian in Scotland. We run the campaigns in a variety of ways – sending out information packs by post, calling households in areas known to be high risk for lung disease, and holding public lung function testing events. To find out if we are running events in your area, you can check the BLF website: blf.org.uk/Page/Awareness-a...
I’m always interested in what other charities and organisations are doing in terms of awareness raising efforts. Last week, I visited a cancer awareness raising stand at the Central Shopping Centre in Croydon. Run by NHS London, the London Councils, and the Mayor of London, this “pop-up shop” is open for a month to raise awareness of cancer symptoms by encouraging members of the public to “get to know cancer”, which is “treatable, even beatable”. If you live in the area, I’d really recommend checking it out. Details can be found at: gettoknowcancer.org
It was great to visit the cancer awareness stand – it’s always great to share ideas and challenges with other like-minded organisations. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well – what would make you stop at a disease awareness raising stand in a public venue? Would a free health check make you stop and take part? Do free give-aways catch your eye? What would convince you to stop and take part? What would make you avoid this type of event?
I'm really look forward to your feedback – we’re always keen to make sure that we’re making our public events as engaging as possible in order to help support anyone affected by lung disease.