WHY IS ASTHMA UK OUR ADOPTED CHARITY?
Asthma is an illness that constricts the airways and makes breathing difficult. Approximately five and a half million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma and included in that number are some international hockey players. The editor of TalkHockeyRadio is amongst the sufferers.
For some reason, asthma is common amongst athletes. A survey showed that 15% of the athletes taking part in the 1996 Olympic Games had been diagnosed as having asthma. The fact that some elite athletes are able to take part in their chosen sport demonstrates that for most sufferers it is not a debilitating illness. This is mainly thanks to some of the medicines that have been developed in recent years to help asthma sufferers live with the symptoms. However, there is still no cure for asthma.
Unfortunately, people die from asthma. Although the figures are falling, it is estimated that approximately 1500 people die of the illness in the UK every year. Sadly, it is believed that the vast majority of these deaths are preventable.
A donation to Asthma UK can help research into this illness and may save a life. A small price to pay for a photograph?