What we do

We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma.

Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has a potentially fatal asthma attack. Every single day the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one from asthma. 

Tragically, the majority of these deaths could be prevented right now with the right basic care. However, others still suffer with asthma so severe that current treatments don’t work. This has to change. That’s why Asthma UK exists.

We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.

We fight asthma in three ways:

We’ve invested over £50 million in asthma research to date. We fund scientists to pursue new avenues of research into asthma and develop better treatments. Ultimately, a cure that would transform the lives of people with asthma will be found. New technologies and better collaboration will increase the chances of scientific breakthroughs and we are determined that everyone with asthma will benefit.

We constantly challenge complacency around asthma so that everyone knows just how serious asthma is. We campaign and raise awareness of the issues and solutions so everyone gets the basic care that research has proved, time and time again, substantially reduces the risk of an asthma attack. We help people with asthma speak directly to politicians and decision makers on the issues that are important to them.

We help people to manage their daily life with asthma effectively. We achieve this by providing access to the best information and advice available through our website and our expert asthma nurse helpline.