Zack’s Mission gathers pace with zumbathon at the Deepings School

Zack King, from Deeping St James, who died aged nine from an asthma attack. EMN-141119-185412001
Zack King, from Deeping St James, who died aged nine from an asthma attack. EMN-141119-185412001
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A mother who lost her young son to an asthma attack is holding a zumbathon as she carries on her mission to help charity in his memory.

Zack King, from Deeping St James, was just nine when he died two days after a severe asthma attack in September.

His mother Alana Exton, of Thackers Way,began a campaign called Zack’s Mission to raise awareness of asthma and support the Asthma UK charity.

The mission started with a fete that raised more than £1,400. And on Sunday Alana will host a zumbathon at the Deepings School. She hopes to see a plenty of people taking part and donating money.

“We have had a fantastic response from people wanting to come, so fingers crossed it will be a good turnout,” said Alana.

“People are often talking to me about wanting to do a event for Zack, which is fantastic because it’s raising that all important awareness and vital funds for Asthma UK.”

Word of Zack’s Mission has spread around the Deepings and further afield, thanks to the efforts of Alana, her daughter Katelyn and their friends and family.

Zack’s football team, Deeping Rangers under-11 Clarets, have a new kit with Z8 on the sleeve in memory of their teammate. The away kit is black and white, the colour of Zack’s favourite team Newcastle United.

Alana has many more events planned for the rest of the year, including a London to Brighton walk, a three peaks challenge and potentially a skydive.

The zumbathon runs from 10am until midday. Cakes will be on sale at the event.

Instructors on the day have waived their fees, and admission is £10. People can also get sponsorship for the event.

People can also donate at www.justgiving.com/remember/147456/Zack-King.