Asthma inhaler plea to St Albans schools after son’s death

PUBLISHED: 12:01 19 May 2015

Alex Curtis

Alex Curtis


Schools throughout St Albans have been urged to have emergency asthma inhalers available, as they could save pupils’ lives.

Peter Curtis, whose teenage son died in 2007 from a severe asthma attack, is worried that despite recent changes in the law that now allows schools to have generic inhalers, they have been slow to introduce them.

His son Alex was a pupil at Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans when he died at the age of 17 after suffering an acute attack.

Peter said: “The change in law will mean nothing unless schools are made aware of this. It is a voluntary scheme and each school has to decide whether to take advantage of this or not.”

He founded the Alex Curtis Memorial Trust in his son’s memory to promote asthma awareness in schools by talking to pupils and staff.

Peter said that the trust was happy to help with queries about introducing vital emergency inhalers.

He added: “We have visited 60 schools throughout the county, and were expecting more to be interested in having the inhalers but it has been quite a struggle.”

More information can be found at

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Herts Advertiser