Members of the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth, Inner Wheel and friends gathered to hear about the work of Asthma UK and to remember Rotarian David Robson who died recently from asthma.
President Paul Mellings invited Corrine Samaras from Asthma UK to speak.
Three years ago her 11-year-old son died during an asthma attack. Corrine is also an asthmatic.
She first developed asthma when she was pregnant at the age of 28.
It is thought that hormone changes during pregnancy were the precipitating factor.
The problem in the UK is very serious and getting worse. On average there are two asthmatics per school class and children in school need to have their inhaler with them at all times – not in the school office, argue campaigners.
Asthma UK is asking the government to change the law to allow schools to have an emergency inhaler available.
Corrine stressed that all asthma sufferers should have the annual flu vaccination as influenza makes asthma worse.
Asthma UK supports research into the causes and the relief of asthma and is a centre of advice for all those concerned.
Corrine answered a wide range of questions and after a vote of thanks, David Robson’s son Ian presented a cheque for £1,000 from the Rotary Club in order to support of the fantastic work of Asthma UK.