Gosport mum starts campaign in daughter’s memory

SALE From left, Tammy Kent and Sarah Sparshott, mother of Holly Sparshott, who died recently from an asthma attack are organising a fundraiser at Thorngate halls. Picture: Paul Jacobs (133297-1)
SALE From left, Tammy Kent and Sarah Sparshott, mother of Holly Sparshott, who died recently from an asthma attack are organising a fundraiser at Thorngate halls. Picture: Paul Jacobs (133297-1)

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GRIEVING mum Sarah Sparshott is launching an asthma awareness campaign in memory of her 12-year-old daughter.

The 41-year-old wants children and parents to be more aware of the dangers of asthma after her daughter Holly died two months ago.

Holly Sparshott

Holly Sparshott

Kind-hearted friends have rallied around Sarah, putting on a Christmas party on Friday to raise cash for Naomi House, where Holly died.

Dozens of businesses and individuals have donated raffle prizes worth hundreds of pounds.

Sarah said: ‘I’ve got my good days and my bad.

‘I wanted to do this because asthma has always been a problem in my family.

‘My mission is to continue Holly’s legacy, and make people realise – people are so blase about asthma.

‘You can die of asthma and it can be serious if you don’t control it or look after it properly. As soon as it happened I thought “I’ve got to do this”.’

Sarah, of Elson Lane, in Gosport, added she wants school leaders to let children have their inhalers on them, rather than hand them in at reception.

Asthma is a condition where sufferers’s airways tighten and become narrow, which blocks them, when they come into contact with irritants. According to Asthma UK, there are 5.4m people in the country with the condition.

As reported, Holly collapsed at Brockhurst Medical Centre on September 25 after suffering an asthma attack.

But she bravely battled to stay alive for four weeks.

Sarah has since launched a Facebook page, called Holly’s Asthma Legacy.

Tammy Kent, who runs Forton Fest, will be using her annual Christmas party fundraiser to raise cash for Naomi House and the festival.

Tammy told The News she wanted to help Sarah’s mission when she heard Holly had fallen into a coma.

Her son Jayden, six, also suffers from asthma.

She said: ‘Everyone was upset, and they told me what happened.

‘I said to her, I just want to be there and help you.

‘Sarah gives advice and helps people out.

‘It must be really hard for her.

‘But that’s what she said, if she can help one person then Holly’s death is not in vain.’