Portsmouth dad backs online test that could help save lives

MEMORIES Charlotte pictured shortly before her death and, inset, her father Bob
MEMORIES Charlotte pictured shortly before her death and, inset, her father Bob

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A SIMPLE online test that could save lives has been backed by a dad who lost his teenage daughter to asthma.

Bob Beech, whose daughter Charlotte died three years ago aged just 15, has spoken in support of the scheme, developed by the charity Asthma UK.

Bob Beech

Bob Beech

The ‘Triple A’ Avoid Asthma Attacks test involves asthmatics answering 13 questions on the internet.

The answers help determine the risk of them having a serious attack.

Bob, 45 of Milton, Portsmouth, has been campaigning to raise awareness of it with Asthma UK – and spoke out to mark today’s World Asthma Day

He said: ‘Charlotte was diagnosed with the condition when she was three. I have had asthma from birth and had suspected that was what was wrong with her.

‘It didn’t faze me though as I had led quite an active life myself and thought she would do the same.

‘She always had her medication and inhaler.

‘One day she was just having attacks and wheezing a lot.

‘An ambulance was called, but it wasn’t enough.’

With Asthma UK, Mr Beech, who is known by many Pompey fans for his work with the campaign group SOS Pompey, has spoken to MPs at the House of Commons to explain more needs to be done to raise awareness.

‘I’m still stunned when I speak to people who do not realise that asthma can be fatal,’ added Mr Beech.

‘You don’t want the condition to rule your life, but people need to be aware of the dangers it has.

‘Anyone who has the condition, or knows someone who has asthma, should look at the online test.

‘You should try and be prepared as we don’t want another Charlotte.’

Neil Churchill, chief executive of the charity, said: ‘It’s extremely worrying that many people with asthma do not realise their own risk of ending up in hospital.

‘As up to 75 per cent of emergency hospital admissions are preventable with better management and support, it’s vitally important people understand their asthma and crucial they are supported by healthcare professionals and reduce the risk.’

To take the Triple A test visit asthma.org.uk/triplea.