Friends’ charity walk in tribute to popular Matt

Family and friends on the fundraising walk for Matt Breen
Family and friends on the fundraising walk for Matt Breen
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FAMILY and friends of a popular young man who died after suffering an asthma attack whilst on holiday came together for a weekend of fund-raising in his memory.

The Norton pub at Meadowhead teamed up with Matt Breen’s dad Vic to organise the programme of events.

They were raising money for the Asthma UK charity, and were also keen to raise awareness of the condition and its potentially fatal consequences.

Matt, aged just 21, died after suffering an asthma attack in August last year, at the end of a weekend in Skegness where he had been celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Vic, from Highfield, said the family found some comfort in organising something special in Matt’s memory.

The 58-year-old said: “When they told us the news, we just couldn’t believe it - we still can’t really.

“Doing this has been a comfort and made me feel good that I’m doing something positive.

“People don’t realise how bad asthma can be so it felt really good to do something to raise awareness and spread the message, at the same time as raising cash for the charity.”

Activities included a sponsored walk to Manor Lodge, a car and van wash, a static sponsored bike ride, pool and poker tournaments, an Easter egg hunt, discos, a barbecue and a raffle.