Cycle challenge to raise money for British Lung Foundation

Published:  12 June, 2017

Festool, a supplier of power tools and accessories, has launched a new Cycle Challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

The Cycle Challenge features two static Wattbikes that will join Festool's UK roadshow on its European leg in July. Members of the trade will have the chance to win £500 of Festool prizes if they bike the fastest mile, three miles or five miles.

Featuring Festool's premium range of tools, the fully equipped truck will also provide visitors the opportunity to receive information, get hands-on with the tools and learn from a team of experts. Visitors will find new products for 2017, as well as Festool's complete range of dust extractors to help safeguard a dust-free work environment.

The company has been selling cycling tops as a fundraising initiative on its eBay page at www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152528024920 and will be raising thousands of pounds for the BLF as part of the Breathe Easy with Festool Dust Extraction campaign.

The truck tour will begin in Portsmouth on 5 July, calling at Twickenham, Sittingbourne, Leyton, St Albans, High Wycombe, Nuneaton, Derby, North Shields, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Blackburn, Warrington, Belfast and Dublin.

Jonathon Burcham, Marketing Manager at Festool, said: "With carpenters and joiners four times more likely to contract asthma compared to other workers, the HSE says tradespeople must always use dust extraction. We've previously promoted the importance of safer, dust-free working conditions with the help of the BLF. Our latest Breathe Easy campaign is attempting to raise awareness of lung health among tradesmen who are most at risk of lung problems."

The money made from the limited edition cycle shirts will go towards research into life-threatening lung diseases, as well as the care provided by the BLF for those suffering from conditions like asbestosis, asthma, lung cancer, COPD, IPF, mesothelioma and more.

Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "We are so grateful to Festool and to everyone using pedal-power in their Cycle Challenge, raising money to help us fight lung disease. This generous support will allow us to continue investing in research into new treatments and cures, and provide support to help people affected by lung disease, throughout the UK."

Exposure to wood dust, a known carcinogen, can also increase the risk of lung cancer. Alongside heart disease and non-respiratory cancer, lung disease is one of the UK's biggest killers. The British Lung Foundation's Battle for Breath study found that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Around 12 million people, one in five of the UK population, have been diagnosed with lung disease. Respiratory disease costs the UK £11 billion each year.

Last year, the BLF's report found that lung disease mortality rates haven't improved in the last 10 years and the UK now has the fourth highest mortality rate in Europe.

The full list of roadshow dates and times can be found online at www.festool.co.uk/campaigns/roadshow.

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