Zack’s Mission lifts off with £1,400 for Asthma UK

Alana Exton with her daughter Katelyn King, seven.

Alana Exton with her daughter Katelyn King, seven.

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A mother who lost her young son to an asthma attack has thanked those who helped start a fundraising mission in his memory.

Zack King, nine, from Deeping St James, died two days after suffering a severe asthma attack in September.

His mum Alana Exton, of Thackers Way, began a campaign to raise awareness of asthma and support the Asthma UK charity.

Alana called her campaign Zack’s Mission. On Saturday she held her first event; a fete at Deepings Leisure Centre. And thanks to generous visitors it raised more than £1,400.

“It was a big success,” said Alana. “We had a lot of people turn up and we raised a lot of money, which is great. It was the perfect start to the mission.”

Alana, her friends and family organised plenty for visitors to do at the fete. There were cake stalls and hot drinks, games including guess the weight of the cake, hook-a-duck and play your cards right. Youngsters could get glitter tattoos, or take part in raffles and tombolas.

“There was lots going on”, said Alana.

All the helpers on the day wore special T-shirts designed by Zack’s younger sister Katelyn. The seven-year-old looked up to her brother and drew a picture of him as a superhero, which was then printed onto the T-shirts.

Alana said: “Katelyn was really happy to see everyone wearing them. She drew Zack and on his back he has an inhaler, which is his jetpack.

“For a seven year old girl it’s quite clever. She loved her brother and saw him as her big superhero.”

Alana and some of her friends will now start preparing for the next stage of Zack’s Mission, a walk from Brighton to London in the new year. Another friend will run the London Marathon in April for the mission.

Alana thanked all those who helped and donated at the fete. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/remember/147456/Zack-King.