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15ft balloon makes a statement for health equality

Words by Abi Scaife

A balloon the size of a double-decker bus is telling Britain to ‘get well soon’.

Weird! Tell me more.

The 15ft ‘Get Well Soon’ balloon floated over Exchange Square in Manchester to raise awareness of health inequalities in the UK.

According to Health Equals, a campaign fighting for better and more equal healthcare across the UK, there is currently a 12-year life expectancy gap in our nation. 

Okay, but why?

Health comes down to so many more factors than just genetics - those who can afford to heat their homes, live in cleaner air spaces and buy nutritious food are all going to have better health than those who cannot.

That’s why Health Equals are calling on the government to address this gap, and help make Britain healthier for everyone.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

GAIN. They provide specialist support for people with the rare disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome. Learn more here.

Cancer Research UK. This charity provides information for anyone affected by any kind of cancer. Support them here.

Alzheimer’s Research UK. An organisation funding research into cures for dementia. Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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