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Our Impact

Working together to improve your health and quality of life

To help us achieve our vision of making Northern Ireland free from chest, heart and stroke illnesses, it’s important that we measure the impact of both our research and services.

Assessing our work (impact) regularly means we can see what’s really making a difference, helping us to focus our attention on these key areas, while improving others, so we can deliver the most effective services and outcomes. It also keeps us accountable to everyone, demonstrating our value with trusted evidence.

We’ve included some key figures below which illustrate just how many people we’ve helped to support recently, while also highlighting the effectiveness of our various community programmes (services) and research projects.

Our Impact 2019/20

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Throughout 2019/20 we worked with thousands of people in Northern Ireland with chest, heart and stroke conditions, along with their family/carers. These figures evidence the ongoing need for our services and underline the importance for maintaining this vital support.

Care and Support

3,326 people supported

550 people attended our Stroke Groups

799 stroke survivors attended our PREP programme

278 attended our Taking Control Self-Management Programme and Taking Care

469 people with chest conditions attended our Breathing Better programme

80 carers attended our Carers Groups


Health Promotion

A key part of our service delivery is health promotion and education to people of all ages. We’re proud to say that our team has reached thousands of people across Northern Ireland through our various events, all of which provide key information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

19,032 people benefitted from our range of health promotion activities

8,954 ‘Well Checks’ delivered across Northern Ireland

Through our Well Checks:

22% of 6,935 people identified with high blood pressure and referred to their GP

38% of 6,935 people identified with high cholesterol and referred to their GP

3,845 Atrial Fibrillation (AF) checks were carried out and 2% were identified with AF helping prevent avoidable stroke

Well Talks delivered to 1,400 people supporting people to make informed healthy choices

5,573 pupils reached by our Chester's Challenge programme supporting healthy knowledge and habits from a young age

851 people who are homeless benefited from our Health and Homeless Programme

Canva Biomedical Research

The impact of the research you fund

As a charity predominantly supported by your donations, we’re proud to say that research funded by you has led to:

  • Improvements in existing services
  • New services
  • Changes in policy
  • Changes in treatment guidelines
  • Advances in what we know about chest, heart and stroke conditions

In 2019/20

  • Nearly £400,000 invested in high-quality local research
  • Awarded 5 new research projects

since 1994...

£7.6 million invested in high quality local research

100 studies funded

49 respiratory studies funded (49%)

36 "heart" studies funded (36%)

15 stroke studies funded (15%)

All the money you donate to research stays in Northern Ireland, however our research is having global impact:

11 collaborations between local universities

17 universities from across the world involved in studies

46 non-university partners from across the world involved

The research you fund creates jobs and highly skilled researchers. It’s also good for the local economy:

179 staff involved across the studies

28 new jobs created

10 PhD students employed - training the future generation of researchers

Thanks to your donations to research, in the next three to five years, we hope to see:

  • A high street eye test that detects heart disease
  • An evidence-based physical activity programme for 8-9 year olds available in schools
  • Vitamin B2 supplement to manage high blood pressure
  • E-cig educational resources for teachers, pupils, and parents
  • Upper arm exercises added to our own Post-Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP)

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