British Lung Foundation chooses Nina Alleyne to run London Marathon

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(c) Nina Alleyne. Bentley and Nina at her graduation ceremony September 2018

Pollards Hill based Nina Alleyne’s father  Bentley passed away on 16 March this year and his requiem service was held at St Philip’s Church on 20 April. He suffered with various lung conditions but it was pneumonia that took his life.

Nina has been chosen  to represent the British Lung Foundation at the 2019 London Marathon in honour of her father. The Foundation pioneers research and supports those afflicted.

Nina welcomes sponsorship to help her make a difference to the lives of those who have lung problems.

Bentley  came to England in 1964 as a bus conductor as part of a recruitment drive for London Transport in Barbados/St Peters Boscobel. He then studied to become a certified Plumbing and Heating Engineer, and joined the Institute of Plumbing in 1971. He also took up amateur boxing . Nina says that “He is best remembered as being everyone’s charismatic handyman, and often volunteered his services to assist family and friends for free..”

Pneumonia is a rapidly progressing acute infection that affects around a quarter of a million people in the UK every year, killing on average 29,000 of them, making it the LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH from an infectious disease and the sixth biggest cause of death overall in Britain.

Somebody dies from lung disease in the UK every 5 minutes.

About 10,000 people in the UK are newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week.

Approximately one in five people in the UK has developed asthma, COPD or another long-term respiratory illness.

Lung diseases are responsible for more than 700,000 hospital admissions and over 6 million inpatient bed-days in the UK each year.

To donate money for Nina’s run please go to

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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