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Scotland Against Coronavirus

Together we’ll fight coronavirus with kindness

Scotland, we need your help to stand up against coronavirus. Your kindness can make a real difference to people who are feeling lonely, isolated and scared.
Join us and help to protect people who are at high risk of problems from coronavirus. Together, we can make sure no one has to face this virus alone.

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How your support is making a difference

Richard from Aberdeenshire has COPD

“Coronavirus is pretty serious for people like me with COPD. I need people to follow NHS advice, wash their hands and self-isolate if they have symptoms.

“At the same time my COPD doesn’t stop because of coronavirus. People like me still need help to breathe better and the outbreak makes this more important than ever. Being well and feeling well are the most important ways I can protect myself.

“That’s why your support is so important. It will give people the chance to really help each other during the virus outbreak.”

Eve from Perth cares for her husband Donald, a stroke survivor

“It feels like we’re in a living nightmare right now – I keep thinking to myself this can’t be true; it must be a horrible dream.

“I’m scared for my husband. He’s a stroke survivor and had pneumonia last year and is particularly vulnerable to infections right now.

“We’re not seeing anyone to try to fight off the virus – we’re in complete isolation. We can’t see our adorable grandchildren, our family, friends or anyone at all like we used to.

“We can only speak on the phone. My son and daughter in law are expecting a baby very soon and it’s just devastating to think that we can’t see them right now.”

People in Scotland need your help more than ever

Chest, heart and stroke conditions don’t stop because of coronavirus.

Our Advice Line nurses are a lifeline for people like Richard and Eve, who are feeling scared and anxious right now. With an increasing volume of calls, the Advice Line is under serious pressure – and they will continue to become more and more in demand as the virus takes hold.

Richard and Eve need your help. Without your donations, our Advice Line wouldn’t be able to reach the people who need us most across Scotland. Help us make sure we are there to take their next call.

Latest News

We have made the incredibly difficult decision to close all of our beautiful shops across Scotland until further notice.

We have to put the safety of the public, our staff and our volunteers first and do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus and ease pressure on the NHS.

We have contacted all staff and volunteers. They are our friends and they are part of our CHSS family. We are all gutted. We hope we can open again once restrictions ease, but we don’t know when that will be.

We are looking at ways we can use our chain of shops to organise and mobilise the fight against coronavirus. But this month alone we will lose £500,000 because our shops will be shut.

We want to be helping people across Scotland with chest heart and stroke conditions live life to the full – and be back on the high street supporting our communities when this is over.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland has taken the difficult decision to advise our Peer Support Groups to close until further notice. People with chest, heart and stroke conditions are most at risk of developing serious coronavirus symptoms, so temporarily suspending Peer Support Groups will help keep members of these groups, and other potentially vulnerable people in Scotland’s communities safe. We understand that Peer Support Groups are a lifeline for many people, and not being able to meet regularly may have an impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. Please be assured we are here to help in any way we can, and will reopen groups as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please stay in touch with your group’s members via phone or email (not in person) to provide each other with support. If you are feeling worried or concerned about anything, please contact our Advice Line on 0808 801 0899. Our Advice Line nurses are here to lend a friendly ear, and to help you manage your condition during this difficult time.

Fundraising events postponed until July

In order to keep our participants, volunteers and staff as safe as possible, we have made the decision to postpone a number of our fundraising events. By doing this, we hope to relieve pressure on the emergency services and reduce the risk of exposure for people with our conditions – who are at high risk from the virus.

We are currently working very hard to reschedule all our events, and will update you with the new dates as soon as we can.

The fundraising events being postponed are:

  • Run Garioch
  • Loch Leven Walkathon
  • Glenlivet 10K
  • Glasgow Kiltwalk
  • London Marathon
  • Aviemore 100
  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival
  • Loch Ore Beast Race
  • Forth Bridge Abseil
  • Saltire 24
  • Duthie Daunder & Deeside Stride
  • Megawatt Walkathon

The fundraising events being cancelled are:

  • Tour de Lauder

Please continue your fantastic fundraising efforts.

We need your help now more than ever to ensure we can provide people with chest, heart and stroke conditions with vital support during this difficult time. With an increasing volume of calls, the Advice Line is under serious pressure – and they will continue to become more and more in demand as the virus takes hold.

If you are organising a fundraising event or have signed up to take part in another event to fundraise on behalf of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, please contact your CHSS community fundraiser to check on the status of the event.