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MASH continues to support those with asthma even during the lockdown. We are offering one-to-one telephone consultations with our asthma nurse. All of our services are free. So if you need some support with your asthma, then please get in touch to book an appointment.


Our asthma nurse can reveiw your asthma, go over your asthma medication with you and inhaler/spacer technique, discuss your symptoms, help you with a personalised asthma action plan and discuss asthma triggers and hay fever.


We look forward to the return of 'face-to-face' advice sessions as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the interim telephone consultations will be available to anyone (new to MASH or seen before) as required.



MASH's July 2020 Newsletter

The trustees of MASH are pleased to release our July 2020 newsletter, which you can download using the link below:

MASH Newsletter July 2020
Find out about what it means to have well controlled asthma, about air pollution during lockdown, what it is like to volunteer with MASH or be a MASH trustee, and see our recent asthma poster competition winners and runners up.
MASH Newsletter July 2020_FINAL.pdf
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Wendy's £1,000 Challenge – Online Family Quiz Nights


Our amazing volunteer, Wendy, has challenged herself to raise £1,000 for MASH. She is doing this by hosting monthly quiz nights via Zoom. 


If you would like to join us at her first quiz night on Friday 24th July then please email or send a message via our contact page here for more details.


If you would like to help Wendy by making a donation to her challenge then you can do so here:


Well done, Wendy, we can't wait to join you at the quiz.


MASH's Asthma Poster Competition Winners Announced (June 2020)


Thank you to everyone who entered our asthma poster competition. You all did amazing designs and it was very hard for our judges to decide! But the winner of the 'Up to 8 years' category was Iylah (aged 8) with her poster and acrostic poem, and the winner of our '9 to 13 years' category was Louise (aged 11) with her portrait of our mascot, Deano. Both won a £10 book token. There were also three runners up announced, each receiving a £5 book token. Well done, everyone. Thank you so much for helping MASH to tell people all about asthma.

MASH's May 2020 Newsletter

The trustees of MASH are pleased to release our May 2020 newsletter, which you can download using the link below:

Medway Asthma Self-Help's Newsletter – May 2020
Medway Asthma Self-Help's Newsletter – May 2020. Find out how MASH is working during the coronavirus situation and how you can look after your asthma during this time.
Medway Asthma Self-Help Newsletter_MAY 2[...]
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Poster Competition – May 2020

On Friday 1st May 2020, MASH launched its Asthma Poster Competition so that you can help us to raise awareness of asthma. We are looking for some amazing designs that we can use online and in print to help remind people to look after their asthma – so get creative and help us to support people affected by asthma in Medway.


We are really looking forward to seeing your submissions. Full details on entering the competition, the prizes, deadlines and the full terms and conditions can be found here.


APRIL 2020 – We would like to say a big thank you to Rose and Thomas who took on the 2.6 Challenge in aid of MASH. Trampolining for 2.6 minutes in each of 26 different costumes. We love your video and it certainly made us all smile and cheered us up. Thank you to everyone that has sponsored them too: This money will help MASH to continue to support people affected by asthma in Medway. You can see their video below:

Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement – Monday 16th March, 2020

MASH is a Medway charity that supports people who have asthma and we take seriously the health needs of our clients and their families.

With immediate effect, we are suspending all outreach activities in the community, in addition to our regular Friday afternoon face-to-face advice sessions that were suspended last week.

We will, however, continue to provide nurse-led telephone advice consultations, which can be booked in the usual way.

For further advice, please access information from the NHS:

MASH Trustees – Monday 16th March, 2020

Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement – Monday 9th March, 2020

MASH is a Medway charity that supports people who have asthma.

We take seriously the health needs of our clients and their families. For that reason, and in response to the confirmation of cases of coronavirus in Medway, we will suspend our regular Friday afternoon face-to-face advice sessions. However, we will provide telephone consultations as an alternative, which can be booked in the usual way.

We will continue to keep under review our regular outreach sessions.

For further advice, please access information from the NHS:

MASH Trustees – Monday 9th March, 2020

December 2019

MASH recently receieved funding from Medway Corporate Giving Fund (managed by Kent Community Foundation) after a 'Dragon's Den'-style pitch of our outreach project to their board. This funding will help us improve and expand our outreach in 2020 so that more communities across Medway will access our support and advise on asthma and asthma-related issues. You can read more about the day here.


October 2019

A very exciting day for MASH and anyone with asthma in Medway. Today we received an amazing donation from Bedfont Scientific Ltd of a NObreath FeNo monitor. This monitor measures inflammation in the airways and will help with diagnosis and monitoring of asthma. It will be a great addition to our nurse-led asthma advice sessions. Thank you so much to the team at Bedfont for your support of MASH's work.

November 2018

Huge thanks to the staff at our local Cornwallis and Twydall Green Co-op Stores and all the members who have supported MASH this year and helped raise £3,173.60! Staff, trustees and Deano the Dinosaur had great time celebrating with you earlier today! Thank you! #thecoopway



We are looking forward to working with you this coming year and thanks to all who have supported - this will make a huge difference to us!

November 2018 - thanks to all who attended our AGM on 15th November and to Dr Natt Day who  gave  a fascinationg insight into the asthma in schools outreach programme currently being piloted in London by QMC London.  If you would like a copy of our annual report please get in touch!

September 2018 MASH is coming near to the end of being one of the local charities to benefit from local Co-op Stores at Twydall and Beechings Way...its not too late to select MASH tobenefit from any local Co-op customers who opt to have us as their named charity within a 15 mile radius who can select us by setting up or logging on to membership pages here ....we will be celebrating the Coop's support  inm November so watch this space!

14/15th September 2018 - We attended the University of Kent Moving in Weekend and were present with inforamtion alongside MCH Sunlight Surgery  for any students enrolling who might want to know about us because of their asthma or looking for projects or volunteering opportunities. We will be back at the GK Unions Volunteering Fait in October....maybe we can bring Deano to meet a slightly more meacing counterpart??

September 2018 MASH representatives are here looking happy but it with a sad heart we had a final farewell and thank you meeting with staff at Sainsburys Hempstead Valley who have been absolutely wonderful in supporting MASH as their local charity of the Year 2017-8....Thanks to all customers and staff who voted and helped throughout the year and of course our wonderful volunteers!

14th July 2018 - We certainly made a SPLASH for MASH at our annual sponsored swim event at Roko Gillingham....our 8 swimmers rasied a total of  £575 and we counted more than 300 lengths - huge huige thansk to all involved and to Roko for hosting us once again!

16th June 2018 - Thanks to our guest quiz master, we had a fantastic and fun night at Roko and raised over £500 - thank you all supporters, to Roko for hosting and a special thanks to all helpers on the night who made it run so smoothly! 

31st May - 2nd June  2018 - thanks so much to Sainsburys for having us for our final outreach as Local Chairty of the Year! We met a lot of people who needed our support, a really useful weekend......


20th May 2018 -MASH attended the Hempstead Fayre  and what a busy day! Thanks to everyone who had a go at our Hook a Duck or picked a card games!  An extra big thank you to the Hempstead Fayre Committee who donated £500 to MASH this year! It really is one of our favourite annual events!


1st May 2018 - Our Coordinator , Fiona, and volunteers Michael and Martin ran an asthma awareness stall the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham on World Asthma Day.  We had a few donations  but most importantly spoke with a number of asthmatics, carers and potential volunteers. Thanks everyone for your support and to the Centre Management for letting us come along.

20th January 2018 Thanks so much everyone who came along or supported our quiz - it was a really great turnout  with over 90 people and we had such lovely feedback - thank you! 

We have already taken the first booking for our next one on 16th June so let us know if you want to reserve a table...??

 Great to see everyone at the MASH AGM last Thursday and a really interesting talk was given by Dr John Dickinson and William Gowers of the University of Kent School of Sport Sciences on their work and research around EXERCISE AND ASTHMA....if anyone is interested in finding out more , would like to take part in their research or have any other questions please let us know and we are happy to put you in touch!

November 2017 MASH is thrilled to be successfully accepted as one of the local charities to benefit from local Co-op Stores at Twydall and Beechings MASH will benefit from any local Co-op customers who opt to have us as their named charity within a 15 mile radius who can select us by setting up or logging on to membership pages here   

 3 November 2017

Thanks so much all guests, sellers and therapists who turned out at our Pamper Evening last night! We really appreciate your support...Hope to see you at our next one on 3rd March 2017....thank you!

13th October 2017 

Despite our date clashing with several other local charity quizzes, thanks to some regular and a few new supporters we had a great quiz and managed to raise more than £400. Chris and Christine Rogers produced a varied and challenging quiz and we were helped very efficiently by our fabulous young volunteers. Thank you so much all the local businesses which donated raffle prizes and to our fantasic hosts Roko Gillingham especially.

30th September 2017 

What a fantastic time we had at our 21st Birthday BASH for MASH with supporters, volunteers and friends old and new! A great end to our September awareness campaign; a wonderful way to mark this important milestone in MASH's history and an opportunity to show our appreciation to our outgoing Chairman of many years, Cllr Nick Bowler.

Thank you everyone who helped us - Roko Gillingham, Viva Saxophone Quartet, Vince Maple and Glenn, Angel Catering, Bola Adeyoye Cakes Events-Rentals, Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley and Wild Balloons!
Thank you everyone who came along to celebrate with us, everyone unable to who donated towards the evening or sent well wishes and to all the helpers on the night! Your support was and is massively appreciated!
More than £500 was raised as a result of the event, which will go towards helping us continue to support asthmatics and their families in the Medway Towns


11th September 2017 - Our September Publicity Campaign, designed to mark the 21st anniversary of MASH becoming a charity, is well underway with a series of outreach, workshops and of course our Bash for MASH party on 30 September at Roko Gillingham.


On Saturday 9th September we were again at Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley  with the support of Sainsbury's running a raffle, raising funds and speaking with many people who need our help. Thank you Sainsbury's! #SainsburysLocalCharityOfTheYear #hempsteadvalley

23rd August Do you have an asthma action plan agreed with your GP or asthma nurse, or would you like to know more about how they work? 

Come and find out more in our interactive

Asthma Self Management Workshops  at MASH in September

23rd August   We are excited with plans underway for our

21st Birthday Party....



22nd August  MASH is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by Team 13 at the NCS Medway wave 2 this August, who are fundraising for several charities including MASH! They are doing a sponsored walk, bake sale and holding a quiz this Friday in Rainham.....Any keen quizzers are encouraged to come along and support this amazing effort and if you can't raise a team, if anyone is interested in joining a MASH table please get in touch as we are trying to pull one can also donate/sponsor them here 

15th August    MASH attended the Medway Youth Trust annual Charity Fair at Gillingham Park to raise awareness of MASH and also to meet NCS participants who were looking for local projects to support in their social action activities.

6th August We had a great couple of days at our our launch as #localcharityoftheyear at #Sainsburys Hempstead Valley, a huge thank you to the kind generosity of Sainsbury's customers and all the staff who came to help man the store. The winners of the competitions have been informed by Salisbury's and around £300 was raised, so a wonderful start. We will be back in September as part of our campaign to raise more awareness of asthma and MASH activities and hopefully raise more funds!

4-5th August 2017

Come along and say hello and have a go at children's crafts or summer games with a chance to win a hamper of toys or summer party goodies at our launch as #localcharityoftheyear at #Sainsburys Hempstead Valley!



15th July 2017

Thank you so much all the fabulous helpers, therapists, stall holders and of course guests... and to Gillingham Golf Club for hosting...Thanks to all! Next date is 3rd November, so save the date and see you then for some winter pampering and Christmas stocking filler shopping!


11th July 2017

Hooray !! MASH has been selected #SainsburysLocalCharityOfTheYear. at our local Hempstead Valley store. We are massively excited to be given this opportunity - thank you everyone who has helped us get there!


16th June 2017

Thank you so much everyone who attended and supported us on Friday 16th June at our summer quiz; thank you to all our volunteers who helped out in the run up and on the night and also to all the local businesses who donated to prizes and quiz prizes!  Next Quiz is on Friday 13th October - save the date!

14th June 2017

MASH has been selected as charity of the year for our local University of the Third Age (U3a) and will be holding monthly raffles, kicked off  on 14th June at its AGM. Thank you all who donated and all who supported!

21st May 2107

Another great day at Hempstead Village Fayre with fab weather, raising awareness and funds for MASH with over 181 ducks hooked!

29th April 2017

Thank you so much to Elaine, Robin and the rest of the team at Tesco Extra Gillingham for your fabulous donation of toiletries and makeup for fundraising raffles and ladies pamper events - much appreciated!

29th April 2017

Thank you to all the swimmers and all who helped in planning and on the day with our Splash for MASH 
sponsored swim event, thank you to Roko Gillingham 
for being such great hosts and thank you to to the Medway Mermaids @medwaysyncro for a great display to kick of proceedings. We have 2 weeks to gather in fundraising so watch this space to find out who won the prizes ....

23rd April 2017 


Sean Hanna, one of fabulous volunteers, has completed 
#LondonMarathon2017, fulfilling a long-held dream, while raising funds for two causes close to his heart - MASH and Kent Bat Group, raising £230 to date for each of his chose charities – thank you so much Sean!

19th April 2017


A huge thank you for all Co-op Members who helped support MASH as their local Good Cause -  We've been awarded an amazing £1,300.65 which will help us continue to support asthmatics and their families in Medway #coopway

5th March 2017


We just submitted a bid to the #PentagonCommunityFund #welovechatham this week for help in enhancing and strengthening MASH's community outreach - Fingers crossed!

18th February 2017 

Thanks so much to everyone involved in our Ladies Pamper Evening last night - to who provided therapies and stall holders, guests, volunteers on the night or those who helped behind the scenes and to Gillingham Golf Club for being such fantastic hosts - next one is 14th July, same time same place!

20th January 2017  - MASH's first quiz of 2017 went off with a bang, fab atmosphere and wonderful generous support of those who attended and donated.  Thank you Roko Gillingham for hosting and to our Trustee Judith Pender who made a great quiz master!  Next one to be confirmed but is planned for June 2017....

Fantastic MASH AGM on Tuesday evening with guest speaker, Dr Alaisdair Stewart, Consultant Chest and Allergy Physician from Medway Maritime Hospital.... thanks to everyone who came along and helped us to mark another year gone by and celebrate our 20th birthday!

MASH Trustees and Staff and guest speaker, Dr Alaisdair Stewart from Medway Maritime Hospital at MASH's 2016 AGM

MASH AGM is being held on 29th November 2016 at 7pm at the Medway Asthma Centre. Guest speaker is Alaisdair Stewart, Consultant Chest and Allergy Physician at Medway Maritime Hospital. Come and help us celebrate our 20th birthday!

Thanks so much everyone for your support at the Ladies Pamper Evening at Gillingham Golf Club on 18th November 2016! Thanks to all our fantastic volunteers for their help on the night and in preparation. Save the date for the next one - 17th February 2017 at 6pm.....Thank you all!

NOVEMBER 2016 - MASH is eligible to receivie a potentially substantial donation from Coop Gillingham - Coop membership card holders will soon be asked if they would like to nominate a charity to recieve a share of their government carrier bag charge and also a percentage of the takings of own branded goods in the stores involved but only those in the ME7 postcode can support us. If this applies to you, please help us raise some much needed funds and nominate MASH today - thank you! We appreciate your support!

4th November 2016 - Thank you Roko Gillingham for hosting yet another wonderful MASH Quiz and to our guest quiz masters Chris and Christine Rogers and to all our volunteers and supporters who helped on the night, donated and attended ! A great evening & fab support. The auction and christmas hamper were great and over all we raised a record amount. Thank you everyone involved! Next one to be confirmed but will probably be in March or April 2017....

We had an excellent time at the Medway Mile 2016.....Great event! Well done Deano!

Thank you everybody who voted in store and online and shared on our behalf -  we weren't successful as Charity of the Year this time but wish Making Miracles all the best as Charity of the Year at Sainsburys Hempstead Valley 

Yet another fantastically successful quiz night held with the kind support of Roko Health Club Gillingham on 1st July 2016 - thank you to our guest quiz masters, Chris and Christine Rogers, and to all our supporters and our wonderful hosts ! A great evening & fab support. Save the date for the next one - 4th November 2016 at 7pm.....We will be holidng an auction at this event and hope to have some fabulous treats and special christmas presents up for grabs!

Thank you anyone who has voted or helped spread the word for our bid as charity of the Year at Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley in June 2016. Were crossing our fingers, winners are announced mid-July
Thank you for your support!

Once again, for the second year running, MASH has been shortlisted as a finalist to become Hempstead Valley Sainsbury's Charity of the year BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! So if you can spare a moment to vote for us please click here for more info!

Great fun was had at the KM Charity Team 5k colour run on 12th June 2016, raising money for MASH and KM Charity Team - thanks all who supported and to the NINE runners who together raise more than £550 for MASH!

MASH had a fantastic outreach at Asda Chatham last Saturday 11th June 2016 - and Deano was such a great success! Great to meet so many people and thank you people of Chatham and surrounding areas for your donations...

May has been super busy, starting with World Asthma Day, marked with an awareness event at Medway Maritiem Hosptial. We also had Hempstead Fayre where Deano put in an appearance - we extend a massive thank you to all our volunteers for their help and for all the families who had a go at our Hook a Duck and Card games....


MASH had a fantastic outreach at Asda Gillingham in April - our first visit here. Great to meet so many people and thank you people of Gillingham for your donations 

1st April 2016 - Thank you Roko Gillingham for hosting yet another wonderful MASH Quiz and to our guest quiz master MASH trustee Judith Pender ! A great evening & fab support. Save the date for the next one - 1st July 2016 at 7pm.....We are looking forward to it!

Another fantastic Ladies Pamper Evening at Gillingham Golf Club on 26th February 2016! A great evening & fab support, possibly the best attended yet....thank you to Rosie from ASDA for helping and to all our fantastic volunteers for their help on the night and in preparation. Save the date for the next one - 28th November at 6pm.....Thank you all!

Thank you Medway Maritime Hospital for allowing MASH to undertake our first of several awareness events here of the year. We enjoyed meeting lots of people who are interested in our activities and what we can offer and had a tombola fundraising stall. Thank you everyone for your support!

MASH held its first 2016 outreach and awareness event at The Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham on 9th January 2016. A great day, met lots of people and raised some much appreciated funds! 

MASH held its 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 3rd December 2015 and enjoyed an interesting presentation by Stuart Steed, Environmental Protection Officer at Medway Council re the Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Medway’s Air Quality Action Plan. Thank you to everyone who attended. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Ladies Pamper Evening at Gillingham Golf Club on 6th November 2015! A great evening & fab the date for the next one - 26th February at 6pm.....Thank you all!

Such a shame Medway Mile 2015 was cancelled: Deano was all ready to attempt the mile as well as the mascot race...maybe the weather will be kinder next year!

Thank you everyone who voted for us to  become Charity of the Year for Sainsburys at Hempstead Valley 2015. Unfortunately this time we were not successful but we would like to wish the Teenage Cancer Trust all the very best in the coming year as its nominated local charity. 

We had a great day at ASDA Chatham on Saturday 6th June 2015 - Deano the Dinosaur was a great hit - thank you customers of ASDA Chatham for being so welcoming and generous!

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