Support for people and communities in Kent
The 15 Nebulisers funded by
Cantiacorum Foundation were placed between Maidstone Hospital, Sheppey Community Hospital Sheerness, Sittingbourne Community Hospital & Tonbridge Cottage Hospital.
Asthma Relief is a charity which was set up in 1997, by retired Swindon engineer, Dave Penman. Sadly, many years earlier Dave's 28 year old brother died following an Asthma attack. Dave had always hoped that when he retired from running his engineering business, he would be able to do something to help asthmatics and people with breathing problems.
However, in 1997, Dave suffered a massive heart attack and was advised by the doctors that he would not be able to work again. During his time in hospital, Dave noticed that the patients on his ward were sharing one nebuliser (a nebuliser is a device which is used to administer a solution of medication in the form of a fine mist for the patient to inhale, thus enabling them to breathe more easily). It was at this point that the idea of setting up a charity to support people with breathing difficulties by supplying nebulisers to them via hospitals, doctor's surgeries, community nurses etc, came to Dave.
Asthma Relief was set up from Dave's hospital bed. From that time Asthma Relief has supplied (free of charge) more than 10,000 nebulisers to people of all ages throughout the UK. Due to the cost, nebulisers are not always freely available to people with breathing related illnesses.
Founders: Mr Donald Beerling MBE Mrs Poppy Beerling
Founded on 1st April 2011
Registered Charity No.1141661
PO Box 1255 Lincoln LN5 5PP
Trustees: Mr Colin Kemp (Chairman) Mrs Pauline Kemp
Mrs Alison Hurton (Secretary) Mr Anthony Hurton
Mrs Nicola Hurton Mr Christopher Hurton Mrs Fiona McBarron