Centre display aims to stop people smoking

SPREADING THE WORD: Robert Waldron gives out stop smoking information packs as part of the healthy lungs event
SPREADING THE WORD: Robert Waldron gives out stop smoking information packs as part of the healthy lungs event

A GIANT set of lungs took shoppers’ breath away when a charity set up stall in a shopping centre.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation helped to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease.

A 12 feet set of inflatable lungs helped to get people’s attention in Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre yesterday.

Melody Holt, of the foundation, said: “Peterlee has one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the North East so we felt it was a good place to come to.

“We tried to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer and get the message out that it can affect everybody whether you smoke or not.

“From our point of view the event in Peterlee was a huge success. The lungs acted as a really good visual tool to show what healthy lungs should look like.”

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are touring the UK as part of a to promote awareness ahead of Lung Cancer Month which takes place in November.

Early possible symptoms of the disease include a persistent or worsening cough, unexpected weight loss or breathlessness and coughing blood.

Advice to avoid it involve stopping smoking and avoiding second hand smoke, eating healthily and doing some form of regular exercise.