Mel Burden

**Mel's Marathon Mission**

Fundraising for Asthma + Lung UK
raised of £2,000 target
by 86 supporters
Event: London Marathon 2024, on 21 April 2024
Team Breathe London Marathon 2024
Campaign by Asthma + Lung UK (RCN England and Wales 326730, Scotland SC038415)
Welcome to our Team Breathe page for London Marathon 2024!


I have had asthma since an early age. I'm proud that this didn't restrict me during my childhood and I was able to take participate in sports, particularly hockey and netball.

However, through my life, I've had a number of issues with my lungs in addition to asthma. I spent six months working in rural South Africa and developed Tuberculosis on my return, this was a challenge, both physically and mentally. I am a consultant nurse for infection prevention and control within the NHS and the irony of having a communicable disease while in the speciality was not lost on me! I have used this experience to ensure that patients admitted with TB and similar conditions are treated without discrimination and stigmatism. 

Following the birth of my first child I was unfortunate enough to develop pneumococcal pneumonia requiring admission to hospital and ventilator support on an intensive care unit. My recovery was then complicated as a result of empyema requiring video assisted thoracoscopic surgery to remove infected fluid and place three chest drains. In addition, I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. Again, my experience as a patient has continued to inform my practice as a nurse. 

Having worked in a large hospital, co-ordinating the infection control response to COVID-19 I decided to take a 12 month career break. My husband, a Respiratory Consultant, and I worked in a hospital in New Zealand while our two daughters were educated in a local school there. Our lifestyle in New Zealand enabled me to increase my time outdoors and I completed the couch to 5k programme at the end of 2022. I have continued to run, walk and swim since returning to the UK and I am excited (but very nervous!) to be taking on the challenge of the London marathon.

1 in 5 of us will develop a lung condition during our lifetime. There's a new diagnosis every minute and I'm fundraising for Asthma + Lung UK. They’re the only UK charity that fights for everyone’s right to breathe. Every pound I'm able to raise will take us a step closer to a world where everyone has healthy lungs. Just £22 allows one of Asthma + Lung UK’s nurses to answer a call on the Helpline, offering potentially lifesaving advice. I'd be very grateful for any donations you could make! 

Wish me luck and thank you!

About the campaign

Welcome to our Team Breathe page for London Marathon 2024!

About the charity

Asthma + Lung UK

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RCN England and Wales 326730, Scotland SC038415
At Asthma + Lung UK, our vision is for a world where everyone has healthy lungs. From research and campaigning to advice and support, as the UK’s lung charity we’re on a mission to change the way that lung health is perceived. Because breath is life - and that’s worth fighting for.

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+ £599.60 Gift Aid
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