A FAMILY is supporting a national campaign after their brother died from anaphylactic shock.
Mike “Pez” Perry (pictured), from Chatteris, was just 46 when he died on September 24, 2007 after experiencing a severe reaction to a prescribed painkiller.
His family have chosen to mark the fourth anniversary of Mike’s death with a party which will raise money for The Anaphylaxis Campaign.
Mike’s sister, Janette Bowen, said it was a massive shock when he died as he had never suffered with allergies before.
She said: “Apart from a bad back, he was a fit and healthy person. He had got up in the night with his back and took a painkiller, but he collapsed in the bathroom. His partner called an ambulance but it was too late and he suffocated.”
Mike had a massive allergic reaction to something in the painkiller but unfortunately the paramedics were too late to save him.
Jan explained adrenaline needs to be given in the first four to five minutes, which is why people who know they have severe allergies carry a shot with them. However, Mike was unaware of his allergy.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is a charity set up to provide support and information to the growing number of people at risk from life-threatening allergic reactions. It also educates the public about allergies and funds research into the causes and cures.
The Mike “Pez” Perry Memorial Bash will take place at The Sportsman, in Chatteris, on Saturday, September 24, from 8pm to 11.30pm.
Mike’s brother Keith will be reforming his band, The Reclaimers, for one night only to perform at the party.
Tickets are £10, which includes a free draw. Contact Jan on 07736-724434 to get yours, but don’t delay as numbers are limited.