British Lung Foundation

About us

Lung disease affects more than 12 million people across the UK. We’re here for every one of them.
We are leading the fight against lung disease to make sure no one has to face it alone.


Over the past three decades, we have spent more than £24 million on research to increase survival rates, improve diagnosis, treatment and care, and develop our understanding of lung diseases.

We also support today’s young scientists to encourage them to develop their careers in the field of respiratory research.

Visit the British Lung Foundation website for more information.

Prevention and campaigning

We campaign for better services and care for people with lung conditions and spread the word about the causes and signs of lung disease and how to prevent it.

We fight to keep the issues that matter on the political agenda – from protecting children against second-hand smoke to calling for more research funding.

Supporting patients and families

We bring people with lung disease together through our support groups, web community and penpals scheme, while our nurses and fitness instructors support people in their communities.

Our high-quality health information is produced under NHS England’s Information Standard scheme so you know it’s trustworthy and up to date.

The BLF have a team of specialist nurses and benefits advisers who are dedicated to answering questions from patients, family members or carers. To contact the Helpline call 03000 030 555.

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Supporting health care professionals

We help health care professionals to provide the best possible care for their patients, improve accessibility of services and ensure patients’ views are taken on board.

We also run workshops and provide tools to help health care professionals provide their patients with the vital information they need.

Get involved

From holding a cake sale to running a marathon, there are so many different ways you can fight lung disease.

We couldn’t do any of our crucial work without your support – from the businesses that fundraise for us to the individuals who run, cycle and hold quiz nights or cake sales – we’re hugely grateful for every single effort.