Family encourage public to support Asthma society in memory of Ross (11)

by Dublin Gazette
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The Asthma Society of Ireland have launched the Asthma Society Christmas Appeal, calling for support of their virtual Christmas giving initiative.

Working tirelessly to help stop asthma deaths, the Asthma Society of Ireland is providing crucial support and services to people with asthma and their families. However, during Covid-19, the need for asthma support services has soared.

To allow the Asthma Society keep up with this demand, the charity is urging the people of Ireland to support their work by purchasing a bauble or star from their virtual Christmas tree.

The Asthma Society Christmas Appeal remembers those not with us this year, including 11 year old Ross Edwards from Rathfarnham, Dublin, who will be deeply missed by his Mum Michelle, Dad Stephen, brother David (aged 2) and all his family, friends and classmates this Christmas.

Ross died of an asthma attack in his sleep in June of this year while on holiday in Kerry. His family is asking people to donate to the Asthma Society in his memory, and in memory of all those who won’t be with us this Christmas.

Ross’s Mum, Michelle Edwards, said, “I didn’t know that asthma can kill, but it can. I’m appealing to people to support the Asthmas Society Christmas Appeal in Ross’s name this Christmas. I would also encourage all those living with asthma to seek help from the Asthma Society of Ireland and to reach out to them with any questions, large or small, to help them manage their condition.”

The Asthma Society of Ireland is asking for your support to help raise funds for their vital services and to commemorate the life of Ross Edwards, aged 11. Ross’s family are left devastated by his loss and are keen to share his story and support the Asthma Society of Ireland with this appeal in his memory.

Emily Blennerhassett, Interim CEO of the Asthma Society said of the appeal. “Christmas is fast approaching, however it is not always a happy time. For those who have lost someone to asthma, a disease that can be largely controlled, treated and managed, it is especially difficult.

The Asthma Society of Ireland’s mission is to stop asthma deaths in Ireland. We are the voice of the 380,000 people with asthma in Ireland, and our work radically transforms their quality of life. We appeal to everyone to support us in our life saving work.”

To contribute to the Asthma Society Christmas Appeal today please visit

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