A WEE COUNTY campaigner was at Holyrood last week to speak about lung health.

Linda McLeod BEM, who chairs Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire, was at the Scottish Parliament last Tuesday, May 17, for an awareness event.

The Clacks woman, who lives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was invited to speak about her experiences by MSP Alexander Stewart, giving a talk in front of ministers, doctors and others with lung disease.

Linda said: “It was a privilege to give a talk on living with lung disease.

“Such a distinguished audience, ministers, MSPs, clinicians and fellow sufferers.

“My motto is always: 'Everything that can be done, should be done to protect the health of future generations'.”

Mr Stewart co-sponsored the Asthma + Lung UK Scotland awareness event as co-convener of the Cross-Party Group on Lung Health.

Titled A New Vision for Lung Health Championing, the evening focused on a five-year strategy following the launch of Asthma + Lung UK Scotland, which saw a merger between Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.

Other guest speakers on the night included the charity's CEO Sarah Woolnough and Scottish head Joseph Carter, respiratory consultant Dr Tom Fardon and more.

MSP Stewart, Mid Scotland and Fife representative, added: “Everyone spoke so well regarding the current state of lung health in Scotland from the viewpoint of patients, clinicians and charities, as well as how they can work proactively together and across the parties to prevent people from developing lung conditions, by tackling smoking and air pollution.

“It is also a pleasure to play my part in supporting the work of Linda and Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire, who collectively do a phenomenal job for the wellbeing of many people across the Wee County who are living with lung conditions.”