A celebration of local support services for people living with respiratory conditions in Northamptonshire was held in June as part of national Carers Week.

Northamptonshire Carers’ ‘Breathfest’ event took place at Moulton Community Centre to showcase the amount and variety of services available across the county for those who have conditions affecting their lungs and breathing.

At its heart were the local Breathing Space groups for people with chronic obstrutive pulmonary disease (COPD) based in Northampton, Corby, Daventry, Moulton and Wellingborough / Raunds.

Breathfest provided an opportunity for the community to find out more about the Breathing Space groups, as well as hear from various organisations which support primary NHS services in Northamptonshire for people with COPD.

Each organisation gave a short talk to introduce themselves and explain the free services they offer to help people live with and manage respiratory conditions.

After the talks people were free to wander around the various information stalls staffed by people who were available to answer any questions and give out information leaflets.

There was also an opportunity to have a ‘taster’ session of reflexology as well as sample the delights of a small petting farm – an attraction which was enjoyed by youngsters from Moulton Cmmunity Centre’s nursery as well as animal lovers attending the Breathfest event.

The highlight of the event was a dance routine performed to the tune of ‘Mack the Knife’, led by Breathing Space wellbeing practitioner Hayley Brown and members of the various Breathing Space groups who had been practising at their individual groups for several months.

A standing ovation was given to the dance troupe (pictured bottom right) not just for giving a great performance, but more importantly for overcoming the limitations of their breathing conditions.

Mark Major, chief executive of Northamptonshire Carers, said: “We all know that COPD is a chronic condition but it is important not to give up. There is so much support out there to help you minimise not only the condition itself but all the accompanying limitations that anyone with a chronic condition has to live with.”

For more information about Breathing Space, which is delivered by Northamptonshire Carers and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and commissioned by Northamptonshire CCGs, click here.