By Joeann Murphy
A 60-year-old Colchester man whose daughter almost died of asthma 20 years ago is making a big effort to raise money for asthma charities.
Ray Castle’s latest fundraising effort is to run in the London Marathon. He’s hoping to raise £5,000 for Asthma UK.
After his daughter had a severe Asthma attack when she was 8, Ray has dedicated his fundraising efforts to Asthma related charities.
On his fundraising page he says: “We did not know much about it when my daughter was diagnosed. It can become very serious within minutes.”
“Thanks to the quick work of the doctors and nurses in hospital and the fantastic care she received she is still with us today.”
Asthma UK is a charity working to help prevent severe Asthma attacks and ultimately, fund research and campaigns to find a cure to Asthma.
Castle is running for the second time next month in support to his daughter Clare Webb and granddaughter, who are both Asthma sufferers.
His granddaughter Amy, 6, is another inspiration for his fundraising. “Everybody knows someone who suffers from Asthma and I want to do my daughter and granddaughter proud!”
In the UK, around 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. That’s one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children, says Asthma UK.
Castle, who will be 61 when he runs, also ran the Colchester half marathon as part of his training.
“I’m incredibly proud of him,” said Clare, 32, “he’s so passionate about what he does.”
He has so far raised £145 for the cause. You can also support Ray’s fundraising page by donating at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RayCastle1