Queen’s Award Recipients 2020 – Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire
Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire offer information and support for local people and their friends and family within Clackmannanshire and the Forth Valley affected by lung problems. Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire are one of only 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. Breathe Easy will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Breathe Easy will attend a Garden Party, hosted by the Queen, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in July 2021.
Johnny Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire said:
“I am absolutely delighted that this group has won such a prestigious award for its pro-active approach to lung disease. I have met many volunteers over the last 4 years and know what an outstanding job they do within the community. This is much more than just a group that meets once a month as other similar groups do. It is about transforming the way people think about lung conditions and influencing policy makers to invest in treatment and support. It is about engaging young people on the dangers of smoking, campaigning for better air quality and embracing technology to make difficult lives easier. What comes through all of this is that by being part of the group the members are not only supported but are also given a renewed purpose in life in that they are doing something positive to help others in a similar position and perhaps even more importantly helping future generations to avoid being afflicted in the same way. This good news is wonderful in these very difficult times. I send them my congratulations”