(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.