Respiratory champion receives Knighthood in 2007 New Years Honours List

Wednesday, 10 January 2007
British Lung Foundation News Release (www.lunguk.org) Saturday 30th December 2006 Respiratory champion receives Knighthood in 2007 New Years Honours List Professor Malcolm Green, founder of the British Lung Foundation and champion in the fight against the UK’s second biggest killer, respiratory disease, has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Years Honours list. At 64, Professor Green is renowned as much for his energetic approach to raising money for research into respiratory disease as his medical expertise. Professor Green, 64, set up the British Lung Foundation 21 years ago with the aim of establishing a medical charity to give respiratory disease the same research support as goes to heart disease. At that time only 0.7% of the Medical Research Council’s income was spent on respiratory research despite the high death rates in the UK from respiratory disease. Professor Green set out the overwhelming case for more research, citing the alarming proportion of the UK population – men, women and children of all ages - suffering from lung disorders and the huge social and economic burden it places on society. Working from a basement office loaned by the Royal Brompton Hospital, Professor Green persuaded HRH Princess Margaret to launch the charity in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Subsequently he enlisted Diana, Princess of Wales, as Patron of the British Lung Foundation. The Princess of Wales was to become a committed supporter, attending fund raising events and visiting respiratory units around the country, hugely helping the charity raise its profile and expand its remit in the provision of information and support for people affected by lung disease. His imaginative approach to fundraising included decorating his sailing boat with the British Lung Foundation red balloon logo and organising a myriad of other cycling, running and swimming events which he entered with gusto. On behalf of the BLF he worked towards smoking control and against air pollution. In the spirit of his enthusiasm for cleaner air he is a committed London bicyclist. Today the British Lung Foundation raises money to fund a national helpline, website, publications on all aspects of lung disease, a network of Breathe Easy support groups across the UK, a support system for parents of children with breathing difficulties, and respiratory nurses in the NHS, and above all to support respiratory research into the causes and treatments of all lung disorders. Professor Green said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award as it recognises the vital work of the British Lung Foundation on behalf of the millions of people in the UK – men, women and children of all ages – who are affected by respiratory disease. The charity and its supporters in the respiratory community have come a long way in the last twenty years but there is still so much to be done to tackle the huge social and economic burden of respiratory disease in the UK.” Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Professor Green has single handedly made a tremendous impact in a disease area that is traditionally the ‘poor cousin’ of the medical world. The one in seven people in the UK who have respiratory disease need a great champion and we are proud of the fact that they have it in the form of the British Lung Foundation, thanks to Malcolm Green’s energy, strength of character and commitment. For a man who has achieved so much he has remained a man of great humility. ” Professor Malcolm Green DM; FRCP, recently retired from his posts as Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Vice Principal of the Faculty of Medicine and Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College. He was also a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

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