Charity in memory of St Albans asthma death teen, Alex Curtis, supports inhalers in schools scheme

Alex Curtis

Alex Curtis

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A trust set up in memory of a St Albans teenager who died after a sudden asthma attack is supporting the recent Government’s initiative to place emergency asthma reliever inhalers into schools.

Peter Curtis, from the Alex Memorial Trust, said it is a "brilliant" idea if ever children find themselves without their inhaler, or an empty asthma pump.

Mr Curtis set up the Alex Curtis Memorial Trust, in memory of his son Alex, a former Nicholas Breakspear pupil, who died from an acute asthma attack at the age of 17, in February 2007.

He said: "Sometimes these scenarios happen unfortunately.

"If this initiative goes ahead the child will know exactly where the inhaler is and would be able to use it. It is sensible and life saving to bring it in to schools in the UK. "

Mr Curtis said he first witnessed the initiative take place in schools across Australia.

He continued: "School’s in Australia have emergency asthma inhalers available for their pupils.

"It was something they haven’t brought across to the UK because of prescribing laws. It is something the trust has fought for, for years.

"It is brilliant- our hard work has paid off."

The consultation period for members of the public to have their say on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and Department of Health initiative will close tomorrow.

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