Cycle Ride for Corsham girl

4 May 2010, 00:00

Today is World Asthma Day, raising awareness of the seriousness of the condition.

Last year, Antonia Thomas from Corsham lost her life to asthma aged just 10 years old. Antonia is one of around 1,300 people who died of asthma every year, even though 90% of these deaths could be prevented.

To honour Antonia's memory, 26 men will cycle from Heywood School in Corsham - Antonia's school - to Crickhowell in Wales and back again. They'll be cover 174 miles. The event starts on 5th June, which would have been Antonia's 11th birthday. All the money raised will go to the Asthma UK charity to pay for vital research and services.

In Wiltshire, there are currently 39, 361 people suffering from asthma - 8,326 are children.

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