A FATHER has described how his ten–year–old daughter collapsed into his arms and died after an asthma attack in the early hours of the morning.
Tony Brown and his wife Vix were left distraught after their daughter Gemma Weaver’s death and want to do everything they can to make sure other parents do not have to go through the same thing.
The Newtoft couple has set out to raise as much money as possible to fund research into asthma – a disease that kills three people every day in the UK.
Tony, 32, said: “We want to alert people that asthma is a killer and raise money to help find a cure for it. We don’t want other parents to have to go through what we’ve been through.
“On the day Gemma died she was really happy and had watched DVDs with her brother and sisters before she went to bed as normal.
“We didn’t suspect anything was wrong until we heard crying and screaming, she was clearly distressed. We went to see what was wrong and in a few seconds she had gone. She collapsed into my arms and died.
“We took turns doing CPR but there was no life left in her. There was nothing we could have done to prevent it or save.”
Faldingworth Primary School pupil Gemma, who died in March this year, had lived with asthma since she was four years old but it never caused her any major problems. A year before she died she started taking a new type of steroid medication for her condition and was able to take part in PE and run around.
Vix, 31, said: “She was an amazing little girl and loved life. She loved going to school and playing with her brother and sisters. We will never forget her and want to keep her memory strong.”
Tony and Vix are arranging fundraising events for Asthma UK in memory of Gemma.
The first is a bungee jump at the White Hart pub in Lissington on October 29 from 11am to 2pm. So far, 16 people have signed up but anyone can turn up.
A craft fair and coffee morning will be held at Faldingworth Village Hall on December 3 from 11am to 3pm.
To mark the first anniversary of Gemma’s death Tony and Vix are holding a charity ball at the White Heather, Caenby Corner on March 3, 2012.
They are planning a barn dance for next summer and would like to hear from anyone willing to donate a barn.
For more information or to make a donation to the craft fair call Tony on 07557 760078.
Donate online at gemmasmemorialfund.org.uk.