Asthma UK

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Asthma UK
Legal statusRegistered charity
PurposeAsthma in the UK
Region served
United Kingdom
John Tucker[1]
Chief Executive
Kay Boycott [2]
Main organ
Board of Trustees

Asthma UK is a British charity based in London.


The Asthma Research Council was started in 1927. At that time the annual income was between £1,000 and £4,000 a year. One of the first donations was used to pay for special asthma clinics at Guy's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1989 it became the National Asthma Campaign and in 2004, when support for people with asthma had become more important, it changed its name to Asthma UK.[3]


It established a new Centre for Applied Research in asthma in 2014.[4]

In January 2017 it published the results of a survey of 4,650 patients showing that about 3.6 million people across the UK were not getting adequate routine care for their asthma. This should include an appropriate annual asthma review (more often for severe cases and children), the right medication and knowing how to use it, and a written asthma action plan.[5] In a further report published in August 2019 they showed that only 18% of patients with severe asthma — those prescribed high-dose inhaled corticosteroids — were referred to asthma specialists in secondary care.[6]


Asthma UK is mainly funded by voluntary donations (43%) and donations in legacies and wills (38%), while the rest is made up of corporate and trust donations (13%), income from investments (4%), and grants (2%).[7]

Chris Tarrant, who has asthma, presented an appeal for the charity in 2013 on BBC television.[8]


  1. ^ "Who we zare". Asthma UK. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Who we are". Asthma UK. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ "How we began". Asthma UK. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Asthma UK research centre to be based in Edinburgh". BBC News. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Millions of UK asthma sufferers 'not receiving basic levels of care'". Guardian. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Unclear guidelines mean four in five patients with severe asthma do not get proper care". Pharmaceutical Journal. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Asthma UK Annual Report 2016-17" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  8. ^ "Asthma UK". BBC. September 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

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