Festool aims to raise funds for British Lung Foundation with limited edition cycling shirts

4 May 2017

A power tools supplier and a charity are working together to raise awareness among UK tradespeople of the impact dusty working environments can have on their health.

Festool has teamed up with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to provide cycling tops as a fundraising initiative and to raise awareness of key health concerns. Carpenters, for instance, are four times more likely to contract asthma compared to other workers.

Festool has previously promoted the importance of safer dust-free working conditions with the help of the BLF at last year’s W16 exhibition. There, hundreds of tradespeople visited the company’s stand for a free drop-in lung health test, with some medical referrals being made for hospitals to check on possible health issues, with potential ongoing treatment.

With this latest campaign, the company is releasing a limited edition Festool branded, fully breathable cycling shirt with the words “Breathe Easy with Festool Dust Extraction” and the BLF logo on the back.

All profits will go towards the BLF, not only to provide help for those in need, but also to raise awareness of lung health amongst tradespeople who are most at risk of lung problems.

Jonathon Burcham, Festool’s marketing manager at Festool, said: “The money made from limited edition cycle shirts will go towards research into chronic and life threatening lung diseases, as well as the care provided by the BLF for those suffering from such diseases. With these cycling tops, Festool and the BLF have come together to raise awareness of the consequences of poor work equipment that leaves tradesmen vulnerable to health issues.”

Dr Penny Woods, the BLF’s chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to Festool for their generous support. Funding for research is vital in the fight against lung diseases. Every year, thousands of workers, through no fault of their own, are exposed to harmful substances that could cause serious lung conditions; such as mesothelioma. We hope our research will lead to the development of new treatments and cures to save, prolong and improve lives.”

Exposure to wood dust, a known carcinogen, can also increase your risk of lung cancer. The BLF’s Battle of Breath study found that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year. Whilst lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the UK, after breast cancer, the mortality rate is higher. Statistically, only half of the people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive six months after diagnosis. It is the biggest cause of death from cancer and lung disease in both men and women in the UK.

The cycle shirts can be bought via Festool’s eBay page: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152528024920