It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our President and former Chairman, Don Pearson.



These words from Roger Chappell convey very eloquently our feelings and memories of Don:-

"My recollections of Don are of a warm-hearted man who always had the interests and benefit of MAARA at heart. As a patient he benefited greatly from the care and knowledge of the Association’s Medical Advisor Dr Martin Stern, and he was keen to do whatever he could to help and further MAARA and its activities. We worked closely together during his time as Chairman and guided the Association through a period of significant change. When Don became Chairman, MAARA was an organisation whose main focus was its clinic - treating patients with asthma and allergy-related illnesses and providing aerobiology data through the year, and drug trials for pharmaceutical companies. However, with the changing regulatory environment which made private clinic activities much more costly to provide, Don led the move towards funding third parties such as the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to take over provision of aerobiology services and to develop their research expertise in asthma and allergy. Don therefore led the way to MAARA becoming a mainly research-funding organisation rather than a provider of medical services, and these objectives remain squarely at the heart of MAARA activities today".

Our thoughts are with Joan and family




Dates for your diary

Golf Day 2014

The 10th MAARA Golf Day will be held on Friday 6 June 2014 at the Leicestershire Golf Club, Evington Lane, Leicester.

If you would like to play or participate in some other way by sponsoring a hole, making a donation or providing a prize, please contact

Eva Day on 0116 247 9888


2013 Golf Day Results

On the 7th June, 13 teams took part in our annual Golf Day. We had a great day and thanks to the support of our players and sponsors we raised £2086. Bringing the total raised to £23,707 in nine years.


1st Farmer & Carlisle score 79, prize:-­ Round of golf at Luffenham Heath.

Jonathan Carlisle, Michael Langham, Darrel Brookes & Paul Lomas.

2nd Switch Swingers score 79, prize:-­ Round of golf at the Leicestershire.

Shaun Kerrigan, Nigel Strong, Joseph Kinch & Jim Gale.

3rd Oval Insurance score 79, prize:-­ Wine.

Nick Lunson, Simon Rowley, David Brunton & Chris Huband.

The Girls score 74, prize:-­ Boboli Restaurant voucher.

Di Pain, Beth Kalus, Jane Walker & Nita Fitzpatrick


The nearest the pin prize was an MOT donated by Farmer & Carlisle

and was won by Chris Hubband of Oval Insurance.

Benson Box sponsored a hole.

Many thanks to everyone who donated Raffle and Tombola prizes.