Balloon Race update

It is now over a week since the balloons were released, and we still have responses coming in: a few days ago a couple were found in Doncaster, and most recently, one has turned up in Offenburg, Germany!

So thank you to everyone who has taken the time to  enter their details, it is a great way to raise awareness of the fungal infection trust, and highlight  how far fungal spores can travel.

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Once again, if you have added a marker to the map but not filled in the form, please do so, or e-mail us at Without a balloon number or an e-mail address, we will be unable to verify your entry and you will not be entered into the prize draw!

So far, balloons 17, 75, 93, 184, 269, 296, 312, 387 and 391 have been found.

Balloons found near Huddersfield, Wakefield and Dewsbury!



Thank you to everyone who took part in the Great Big Fungal Spore Race and our other 25th anniversary celebrations.

Even with only very light winds, we have responses coming in from people who have found balloons near Huddersfield, Wakefield and Dewsbury!


If you have added a marker to the map but not filled in the form, we would really like to know the number of the balloon that you found. If you could fill in the form, or send an e-mail to, this will help us to find the winner of the balloon race – Thanks!





The Fungal Infection Trust is celebrating its 25th year, and to celebrate, we are hosting an event on Saturday 29th October called ‘Fungi: Friend or Foe’. 

The event will include a public engagement lecture, a stand at the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road, and the Great Big Fungal Spore Balloon Race.






Dave Mac Pound


David and Julie are raising money for the fungal infection trust in memory of Dave Macintyre.


They have so far raised £104 this year, and £597 in total over the last 4 years!




Click here to donate on the virgin money giving page


Team Jandy

On the 6th August 2016 Jillian Geary and Andrew Hakes will be completing Adrenaline Rush at  Heaton Park, Manchester. Together!

Jillian and Andrew say the following: It’s a 10k run with lots of fun challenges and obstacles! We would be very grateful if you could sponsor us for our designated charities… Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fungal Infection Trust (in memory of Paula Geary).

These charities have touched our lives personally and this is our way of paying them back, showing our support for their excellent work and being thankful for what we have!

Thank you!

Jillian and Andy

PS. Cue the mud trenches!

Congratulations team Jandy! Jillian and Andy have completed Adrenaline rush and have donated a total £1235 to FIT!


Click here to donate on the virgin money giving page


How to Donate

If you would like to donate to the fungal infection trust, there are several different ways you can do this:

1. Many of the recent/upcoming events have donation pages set up through virgin giving. You can donate to an individual group/event by clicking the link to take you to the donation page, and following the instructions.

2. You can text the message ‘ASPE14’ then the amount you wish to donate (E.g. ASPE14£10) to 70070

3.  You can donate via paypal using the button below (you do not need a paypal account to do this).

Virgin Money Giving

4. You can send a cheque made payable to ‘Fungal Infection Trust’ to the following address:

The Secretary
The Fungal Infection Trust,
PO Box 482,
Cheshire SK10 9AR
United Kingdom

More Information

The FIT is trying to raise £130,000 to fund a programme of research to understand the genetics of these fungal illnesses. 

A particular form of allergic fungal infection of the lung, called allergic pulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), complicates not only some severe asthma patients but also those with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. These patients develop an allergy to the spores of the fungus, which all of us breathe daily, which leads to lung damage. It is often not recognised until late on and if not spotted and treated with antifungal medicine, this  can lead to permanent lung damage called fibrosis.

 Why do some people get fungal illness and not others – is it in your genes?

We already have evidence that indicates genetics is involved. We need to take this research to the next stage – if we understand what role genetics plays in getting this disease – we hope to achieve better outcomes and improve the quality of life for thousands of people. 

 The programme of research will assess how tyrosine kinases work in airways cells in the presence and absence of aspergillus fungus.

Many genes are involved, including those associated with the recognition of aspergillus in the lungs and those associated with processing of foreign antigens by the immune system. Some other genetic links which are not yet well understood, relate to cell – cell junctions and proteins (enzymes) called tyrosine kinases which affect cell- cell adherence and communication channels in a cell.

The programme of research will assess how tyrosine kinases work in airways cells in the presence and absence of aspergillus. An assessment of the specific genetic differences in patients with the allergic-type of aspergillus illness will be studied with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment for sufferers if FIT can raise the funds required.