Gosport mum campaigns to make asthma medication free

HEARTFELT Sarah Sparshott has set up an online petition for adults to get free asthma medication. Picture: Sarah Standing (150751-4902)
HEARTFELT Sarah Sparshott has set up an online petition for adults to get free asthma medication. Picture: Sarah Standing (150751-4902)
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  • Sarah Sparshott has started a petition to get asthma medication free
  • She was inspired by her daughter Holly who died nearly two years after having an asthma attack
  • More than 1,000 people have signed the petition already
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ASTHMA medication should be free for everyone who needs it.

That is the argument of Sarah Sparshott who has set up an online petition which she plans to hand into the government.

Sarah's daughter Holly, who died in October 2013 after suffering an asthma attack

Sarah's daughter Holly, who died in October 2013 after suffering an asthma attack

She started the petition last week and has already had more than 1,000 people sign up.

Sarah’s inspiration for the petition came from her daughter Holly who died nearly two years ago after an asthma attack left her in a coma.

Holly was just 12 years old and had suffered from asthma her whole life.

She died at Naomi House children’s hospice after falling into a coma when she had an attack that stopped her breathing for 15 minutes.

Why should they have to pay for something which will helps them breath?

Sarah Sparshott

She collapsed at Brockhurst Medical Centre on September 25, 2013 and stayed alive for four weeks.

Since then, Sarah has been involved in campaigns surrounding asthma and the petition is her next step.

Sarah, from Elson Lane, in Gosport, said: ‘I am really passionate about this because of what happened to Holly.

‘It is just wrong that people have to pay for asthma medicine.

‘I know children get it free but asthma is something that affects all ages and it can end up costing adults a fortune when they have to pay for inhalers and steroids and other medicine.

‘It cannot be helped. It is not people’s fault that they have asthma so they should not have to pay the expensive prices of all the different types of medication.

‘I know it would put more pressure on the NHS and be an extra burden but I think it is worth it.’

It has been a week since Sarah set up the petition and she already has 1,017 signatures which she is looking to hand in to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

She said she was overwhelmed with the support from people both in the Gosport area and from around the country.

The 42-year-old added: ‘I have been inundated with people messaging me saying how they agree with the petition.

‘I was overwhelmed with the support that I have received but asthma does affect a lot of people.

‘I couldn’t believe how quickly I reached 1,000 signatures but I hope to continue getting support so I can get as many signatures as possible.

‘Why should they have to pay for something which will helps them breath?

‘They are actually paying to breathe.’

Sarah has set up a Facebook page to post updates on the petition and to encourage people to join. She is also sharing Holly’s story. Visit the page by searching for Hollys Asthma Legacy.

To sign the petition visit change.org/p/free-asthma-medication-free-asthma-medication.