TEN years ago today, the Isle of Wight mourned the death of Asa Singleton, who battled a rare condition and died aged just 17.

In the decade since Asa succumbed to the genetic disease Neurofibromatosis 2, Asa's family have raised thousands of pounds to help others.

Asa's dad Paul has achieved a remarkable amount by setting himself a series of challenges, from climbing 18,000ft up Mount Everest to swimming the Solent.

January 28 marks the tenth anniversary of Asa's passing.

His family said: "Asa left behind a huge legacy which we embrace. Asa's motto was to live life to the full, which as a family and all who knew him like to continue to follow.

"A day doesn't pass where he isn't remembered, not just by us but the Island community. We have got through these last ten years through the love and support of everyone around us and we are extremely grateful for the continued warmth and kindness shown to us.

"As a family we make our life decisions with Asa in our hearts. We find comfort in helping others who are in a similar situation to what we were in for many years.

"Asa lives on through his niece Ella who is turning 10 this year and his nephew Teddy, 5."

Paul's challenges alone have raised more than £8,000. He is currently training to complete the London Marathon in March, with another big challenge towards the end of the year — swimming the English Channel.