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Without breath

there is no life

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Fragile Life

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Help Others

Take A Breath

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Sometimes all we

need is the air that we breathe

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Help For

All Ages

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Thank you.

Every penny helps,

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Dignity in

last days

Welcome to NARA - The Breathing Charity - How we can help

NARA – The Breathing Charity is the registered title for ‘The National Association for the Relief of Apnoea’. Since 1984, with financial support from the public such as yourselves, we have been able to assist many who suffer or know those who suffer from a variety of respiratory conditions.

Providing Medical equipment, advice, information and a 24hour helpline supporting all ages from tiny babies through to the elderly. Offering help through our Community Care Programme, Local Community Scheme, Palliative Care and much more.

Through our ‘Breathing Monitor Appeal’ and ‘Breathing New Life Campaign’ we provide medical equipment into the home that relieve symptoms helping the patient to breathe easier, in return enabling a ‘more normal’ lifestyle and giving them the ability to participate in everyday things such as education, sports, work and a ‘near normal’ social life, things that most of us take for granted.

Providing a piece of equipment is easy – our ‘aftercare’ which can sometimes take us from our base to anywhere in the country at a moment’s notice is another task and our most important job. Firstly, the patient and their equipment need looking after on a regular basis for them to receive the best benefit from the equipment. We also need to liaise with doctors, medical professionals and equipment representatives to make sure the equipment given is the best for the patient’s needs. This can sometimes be a very difficult task as funding for this part of our work is very limited.

News and Stories

The Dynamic Duo

This is a story about two of NARA’s patients who live every day with life limiting conditions including Ehlers Danlos syndrome, epilepsy, Addisons disease, Multi System disease and Asthma to name but a few.NARA help both these young people with equipment and have recently found...
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Our Tribute to Sir David Amess, MP

Following the tragic death of Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, NARA – The Breathing Charity, would like to pay tribute and sincerely thank him for his kindness and assistance given in the early days of our work.  Although not our local MP, David keenly supported a number...
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Anita Simmons – 1953 to 2021

The Trustees, staff and patients of NARA – The Breathing Charity were saddened at the news of the passing of Anita, especially myself, Ann Jiggle, and my husband, Mike. Until the end of 1983, although living not too far from each other, our paths didn’t cross, but by the...
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Our Campaigns & Appeals

Breathing Monitor Appeal

There is nothing more precious, nor fragile, than the life of a tiny baby. In those first developing weeks and months of life… Read more

Breathing New Life Campaign

In the hustle and bustle of our busy streets of the towns and cities in which we live, asthma and other respiratory... Read more

Community Care Programme

Working with medical professionals and healthcare assistants, and strictly with medical approval, NARA`s... Read more

Local Community Scheme

Whilst NARA assists on a national level we appreciate those of you who wish to support... Read more

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Recent News

The Dynamic Duo

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This is a story about two of NARA’s patients who live every day with life limiting...
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Our Tribute to Sir David Amess, MP

Following the tragic death of Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, NARA – The...
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A baby boy helped by NARA