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Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry the air in and out of the lungs. George Coller endured so much in his short life with the constant traumas of coping with his Asthma.

Eventually it all got too much for his little body and he passed away in his sleep. He was only three years old and his death was a needless tragedy.

The George Coller Memorial Fund is a registered charity and was launched in 2000. Its main purpose is to raise awareness about Asthma and to improve the healthcare provisions for all children suffering with the condition.

1,100,000 children living the UK receive treatment for Asthma.


Just An Hour To Help Save A Child's Life: Asthma Education Website Launched

The George Coller Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the development of a free online educational resource which has been specifically designed to support anyone who works with children or young people with asthma. This includes teachers; other school staff, sport coaches and youth group leaders.
In light of the publication of the Children and Families Bill and the change in the law to allow schools to keep spare emergency inhalers, The George Coller Memorial Fund, in partnership with  Education for Health, have developed this potentially lifesaving asthma educational module.
This educational resource covers:

  • Asthma and its’ impact on children and young people
  • What asthma is?
  • How asthma is treated.
  • How to recognise an asthma attack.
  • What to do in the event of an attack.
  • Asthma and inhaler devices.

This resource is free of charge and users will be able to access it anywhere, anytime.

To begin just click on the following link:

working in partnership with:

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How To Donate To Our Charity

This link will take you straight to our Virgin Money Giving Page with easy to follow instructions.

There are several ways to help us; donating a set amount once or making a regular donation - If you do the latter, we ask for no more than £1 per month

Thank you for your support.

Andy Townsend - Patron

PHOTO Gallery Now On The Website

Four pages of photos are now on the web site and looking forward to many more!

Thank you to all those who have been with us along the way to create images of people having fun whilst raising money for our cause.

Couch to 5K - Meet the Widdowson's

11 year old Owen with the support of his mother, Laura, are completing the Couch to 5K challenge to raise as much as they can for this charity. Owen, an asthma sufferer was 2 years old when he was rushed to hospital after a severe asthma attack where he was nebulised 12 times.

They are now well on the way in the challenge and Owen is running but suffers some evenings in training as he is affected by the humidity. Owen is determined to run the 5K and hopes that you will support them by going on to their donation page on Virgin Money Giving: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraOwenWiddowson or even joining them in the Couch to 5K challenge. The money giving page gives a lot more detail of this amazing young man than we can cover - Please give them your support.

Murder Mystery - UCB Style

The Students of University College Birmingham are at it again - raising funds for us again and we are extremely grateful for their time and effort in this venture. If you are into this type of event and would like to join in contact details are below.

Team - Many thanks for all you are doing for us - we hope you get the success your hard work deserves.

UPDATE: The students have raised £173.44, a great effort which came from a wonderful night's entertainment. Thank you so much.


The Coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly developing situation and as a result we have decided to postpone our 20 year Anniversary Ball for November 2020.

We will have a new date as soon as we feel it will be safe to proceed where we can be together again, enjoying ourselves and raising money for our cause.

In the meantime, our priority will be supporting our Asthma Nurses in keeping the children under their care as protected as possible.

We want you all to stay safe so please follow Government guidelines - if you are not a key worker stay at home. 

You can also find up to date information on The NHS Website 

Stay safe from all at George Coller. 

The George Coller Memorial Fund Celebrating 20 Years As A Charity

It has been an honour and an absolute privilege to help children and their families and to have been working on behalf of Asthma Services for the last 20 years.
We will be celebrating in style and would love it if you are able to join us

 We are proud to announce our 20th Anniversary Grand Charity Ball

The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham

 Saturday 28th November 2020
Tickets: £75 per person

0121 681 9587

Prompt arrival for Drinks Reception at 6.30pm
Dress: Strictly Black Tie

Carriages 2am

***George Coller Asthma Adventure Holidays 2019***
These medically supervised holidays are free of charge and are designed to allow children with Asthma to reach beyond the perceived limitations of their illness rediscover a whole world of possibilities, helping to build their confidence, self-esteem and build new friendships, whilst enabling young people with this restrictive medical condition to be respected as individuals rather than different from their peers.
Family life is often disrupted by time-consuming treatments such as inhaled medication, frequent hospital admissions and appointments.
We know as a charity that due to the severity of their condition, some children affected by Asthma unfortunately have a lot of time off from school which means they are not given the opportunity to make stable relationships with their classmates and find it very difficult to make friends. Some have never had the opportunity to even go on a holiday.
We feel it is imperative that they should have the same opportunities in life as other children.

Our Asthma holiday registration of interest forms for 2019 are now open. To apply please click on the following link:https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/42643514508958

The George Coller Memorial Fund Charity Ball 2018 - Update

From the feedback from some of those that attended and had been to previous balls; this was the best to date!

Hopefully we will be updating the site shortly with a couple of photos of the night. A big thanks to all those that assisted behind the scenes to make the night a success and of course to those that attended to make it a great night.

To date we have raised just over £30,000 with a couple of donations still to come.

Animator In Our Midst.

Another of our own who has asked to help us bring our website to life and get others to understand what a young person with Asthma goes through. At college as part of a course they did an animation which opened a few eyes as to their plight and has very kindly adapted it to suit our website. Click on the picture to take you to the short youtube animation of their life prior to college.

Ladies Night At The Races Is An Odds On Winner!


Friday 5th May 2017 was yet another successful Ladies Night to raise money for our fantastic Asthma Nurses.

A full house, attended by Ladies only and all thoroughly enjoyed the evening raising the brilliant sum of £2400.

A thank you to the stalls in attendance and a big thank you to all the Ladies who attended for your generous support.

A special thank you to The Holy Name Parish Centre for allowing this event and of course your valuable support.






Birmingham Conservatoire Student Dontates...

Jack Brookes is one of the GCMF family and has grown up with us. In his final year of studies and having raised money to make it a free performance, we were invited, amongst others, to St Chads Cathedral in Birmingham on 31 March 2017. 'Old Music in a New World' was enjoyed by all and after paying his project fees had £300 left over. Jack kindly donated it to the Fund specifically for our Asthma Nurses and their activities. We were not the only benefactors from his concert- a retiring collection request from Jack raised £250 towards Cathedral maintainance.

Well done and thank you for inviting us, keep up the good work!

George Sidney Pooley 1954 - 2016.

George was one of our supporters who passed away on 14 September. He believed children and families should be educated about asthma and the serious consequences it can have on young lives. Showing that the condition can be managed with the correct help and medication and should not be a disability that stops you enjoying life.

We are fortunate that his estate has given a generous donation which will be used to support our Nurses who cover all the above.

Our grateful thanks go to his sister Margaret who shares her favourite photograph of George with her and their father.

George with his father and sister, Margaret

A Christmas Thought

Some friends of the charity have decided to make a financial donation to us in lieu of sending Christmas cards this year. We would like to thank them for their generosity and for thinking of us at this festive time.

If anyone wishes to join them via the Virgin moneygiving icon above, we will be equally grateful and thank you in advance for your support.

Easyfundraising Search Engine

Well, Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. Luckily for us you can donate to our charity whilst you shop at no extra cost to you!

You can do this by registering for free at
www.easyfundraising.org.uk and shop on popular sites such as Ebay, Amazon and many other online stores through the app or website and easyfundraising will automatically send us a donation!!

In anticipation

The Great Midlands Fun Run 2017

Fun Run 2017

We are looking for heroes to take part in next year's Great Midlands Fun Run to help raise much needed funds to keep our Asthma nurses in post!!
The date is Sunday 4th June 2017 and registration opens on Saturday 28th January 2017.
You can walk, run or skip your way along the 8.5 mile route which is predominantly through the beautiful Sutton Park!
Spaces are limited so please register online at www.greatmidlandsfunrun.com - Select George Coller as your chosen charity then drop us an email at kimdouglas@georgecoller.co.uk and we will get you a t shirt for the event.
You can also make your own events page at Virgin money giving by clicking the button at the top of our website.
Thank you!


Nurses Take A Breather During Conference

Some of our wonderful George Coller Asthma Nurses at the [NPRANG] National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group conference on Saturday 19th Nov 2016...as always doing a fabulous job. THANK YOU LADIES

George Coller Memorial Fund Are Honoured To Receive The Stephen Sutton Award At The Brummies!

Kim receives The Stephen Sutton Award( sponsored by Virgin Trains) from Rock Legend Bev Bevan & Phil Cavender, General Manager for Virgin Trains.

Kim was delighted to receive The Stephen Sutton award on behalf of the charity at The star studded Brummies Awards on 7th October.
This is a very special award that was born from the tragic loss of a national hero, Stephen Sutton. Kim said this is not only a huge honour but a massive responsibility which we all take very seriously at the charity.
Rocking the red carpet at The Brummies with guests.

Staffordshire Freemasons' Donate.

Our grateful thanks go to two Lodges from the Province of Staffordshire for monies raised for our Charity. The Black Country Heritage Lodge and Lewisham Oak Lodge on seperate nights managed to raise £143 and £200 respectively.

Our picture shows Mike Mellor, Charity Steward collecting the GCMF Certificate on behalf of Lewisham Oak Lodge from our Deputy Chairman.



Gentlemens Night Out (GNO) Does It Again!

Our grateful thanks goes to The Gentlemens Night Out for their generous donation which will go towards keeping our nurses going. Guy's thanks very much for your continued support and confidence in what we do, it is very much appreciated.

The George Coller Nurses Ladies Night Success!

Friday 15 April saw us raise money for our nurses. The ladies race and pamper night was a huge success and raised a massive £3574.66p thank you to everyone who came and supported us! There will be more photos placed on our photo gallery shortly.

You Can Bank On Them! SWM & Wales Trailblazers Walk And Hike The Equivelant Of Lands End To John O'Groats

A massive THANK YOU to the South West, Midlands & Wales Trailblazer Team from TSB bank for all your effort and hard work in raising over £1000!!! Pictured are Debbie West and Cristian Honeychurch in fundraising mode!

Staffordshire And Shropshire Mark Masons' Donate.

Our grateful thanks go to the Staffordshire and Shropshire Mark Masons' Benevolent Association for considering us as one of their chosen charities for this year.

The picture shows their current President, Mick Towns (right) presenting a cheque for £500 to our Deputy Chairman, Keith Brookes.

Many thanks for thinking of us, it is very much appreciated and will be used wisely.








Swanshurst School Remembers Sanah.

Our grateful thanks go to the Year 9 pupils of Swanshurst School for their fantastic efforts over four days in memory of their classmate, Sanah. One of the fundraisers, Tasmina, writes on behalf of the year:

On 4th October 2014, we lost our dear friend Sanah to an unexpected asthma attack. During the week of what would have been Sanah’s 14th birthday, 30th April 2015, Year 9 organised several events to raise money for the George Coller Memorial Fund. We held a penalty shoot out, where the students could fire balls at a teacher of their choice, we had a just dance competition, a staff vs students netball match, which the students won, a bake sale and a wear red lipstick to school day. Together we raised £1,122.70, hoping we made Sanah proud whilst helping a fantastic cause and having fun too!

Tasmina and all at Swanshurst,

We are honoured to be chosen as the recipients of all your hard work and we will do all we can to ensure your money is channeled to the people and projects that will make a difference.




Update: GCMF Vintage Fun Day At Aston Manor Transport Museum 4 May 2015

A fantastic day at a great venue. We have had feed back by some of those who attended and everyone enjoyed it - I'm sure the weather had something to do with it as well as the free bus rides!

To all those who participated and assisted - a massive thank you as without you it would not have been the success it was.

We also send grateful thanks to all those who attended for helping this charity raise some much needed money.

To date the event has raised £1590 with a couple more donations to come.

Charity Receives Prime Minister's Award For Emergency inhaler Campaign

We are delighted to announce that our 12 year campaign for schools to hold an Emergency inhaler is over.
All schools across the U.K from 1st October 2014 will be allowed to keep a spare inhaler on the premises if they choose to.

We have been campaigning for a change in the law since 2002 and wish to thank everyone for getting behind us on this life saving crusade.

The change in the law means that over a million children affected by Asthma will all have access to potentially lifesaving medication.

It has been estimated that over 86% of children have been without their own inhaler because it’s been lost, forgotten or out of date.

Schools can obtain an inhaler by going to their local pharmacy with a sheet of headed paper signed by the head teacher.

We are currently working with Education for Health to provide online Asthma training for schools.

This resource will be free of charge for all schools to access across the U.K and will be available shortly.

WOW - Nomination by Lee raises £7,500 For The Fund

When Lee Woodhall asked us last year if he could put the charity forward to the Wolverhampton to Aberdovey Bike Ride (run by Police Officers/Staff with connections to Wolverhampton Police Station) we had no idea how much would be raised.

Lee and his friend, Mark Green, joined around 448 other cyclists on 21 June 2013 to ride the 100 miles from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to Aberdovey on the Welsh Coast to raise money for 12 chosen charities of which we were one.

Our grateful thanks go to the 450 riders (Lee in particular) and the organisers for making it possible, who managed to raise about £60,000 in total, giving us a huge £7,500 which will be wisely spent in our continued fight against Asthma.

THANK YOU Lee for your support.

Mark Green and Lee Woodhall at the Finish Line in Aberdovey.

Presenting Petition to the Prime Ministers Office

On May 4th 2010 we handed the petition in to the Prime Minister's offices at 10 Downing Street, specifically requesting that Emergency Asthma Kits be placed in all schools across the UK as a matter of urgency.
This petition looks to achieve that objective quickly, in order to support pupils and teachers in cases of Asthma. this will help towards making school a safer environment for everyone, especially our children.
We actually managed to get the amazing amount of 5333 signatures on the petition and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time and the trouble to sign it.

Our Patron: Andy Townsend

It was an honour and a privilege when I was asked to be patron of this fantastic charity, which has risen from the sad and tragic loss of one beautiful three-year-old boy, George, who lost his fight against the harsh symptoms of Asthma.

Supporting the George Coller Memorial Fund can ensure that fewer parents experience that loss and that children from Britain and indeed around the world can be helped and saved from the traumas of the relentless conditions of Asthma.

Together we can continue to help eradicate the fears of Asthma and give young people with the illness a future that is bright – something that every young person deserves.


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