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Annual UCLH Charity Bike Ride: Sunday, 9th June 2013

This year’s Breathing Matters and UCLH Charity Bike Ride is on Sunday 9th June 2013 at Richmond Park. 

Join us for a 7 mile cycle ride in the beautiful Richmond Park – in South West London and the city’s largest Royal Park.  There is no registration fee, we just ask that you raise £25 minimum sponsorship.  There will be a prize for the highest fundraiser, a free T-shirt and goodies at the end of the ride.   This is a fully marshalled route.

Registration time: 10.15 – 10.30am.

Meeting Place: Robin Hood Gate Car Park, Richmond Park. Cars must enter the park at other gates. Public Transport:  Trains to Richmond, Kingston, or Barnes.

We recommend you wear suitable clothing and helmet.

There are cycles for hire at Richmond Park: Tel: 07050 209249, postcode TW10 5HS or visit

Come with family and friends … and perhaps a picnic for a fun day out.

Simply email Donna Basire with your details on: to secure your place.



A Tribute to Molly Brear

Tribute by her daughter, Louise Lowrie

My mum Molly was born in Leeds and moved to Doncaster as a small child. She met my dad, Laurence, at work. He was “the love of her life” and they were happily married for 45 years. Family meant a lot to my mum, as an only child herself, she used to dream of having brothers and sisters; therefore, when my brother was born, she made sure that 2 and a 1/2 years later he had a sibling (me).

My mum’s favourite role was being a grandma, she had 3 grandchildren who she loved deeply.

My mum had several challenges in her life, the first one being bowel cancer which she beat with fearless determination.A few years later, she nursed my dad through a difficult illness which we believed to be pulmonary fibrosis at the time but shortly after he died we found out was  pulmonary amyloidosis. Mum struggled with the loss of my dad, but got through this time with her faith in God and the support of her friends at church.

Mum’s biggest challenge came in October 2012. She had noticed slight breathlessness when going upstairs for a few months then she became acutely unwell with what we thought was a flu-like illness.  Three weeks later, we got the news we didn’t want to hear – she had pulmonary fibrosis. My mum stayed strong and decided to make the most of the time she had left. She had unbelievable support from her friends and neighbours and we planned to have a fun family Christmas  as we didn’t know if it would be her last. Sadly, it wasn’t  meant to be, as mum deteriorated rapidly and spent Christmas in hospital where she died on December 27th 2012. She had only been unwell for 10 weeks. My mum stayed strong right until the end and was adamant she wasn’t going to “spoil” Christmas for the grandchildren.

We miss her so much. Pulmonary fibrosis is a cruel and devastating disease, please donate to help fund research into it.

A Tribute to David Dainty

David J Dainty 07.06.39 – 03.07.12 

By Keith Millman MBE

David Dainty was a committed general dental practitioner practising amongst likeminded colleagues who were prepared to offer ‘out of hours’ services to patients in need.

He was born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire moving with his parents to Stanford-le-Hope where he attended Palmers Boy’s School in Grays.  He pursued dental studies at the London Hospital Dental School where he qualified in 1963.  Always a keen sportsman, he played football and water polo for his dental school and proudly boasted that he was an ‘Old Londoner’.

After qualifying, he practised as an assistant for a short while in Essex.  Coming to Devonshire in 1964, he was welcomed into a Kingsbridge family practice where he quickly established himself with kindly demeanour.  David remained in this practice, eventually becoming a partner, always pursuing postgraduate studies until his retirement as senior partner in 2005.

An active member of the BDA since qualifying, he joined the Plymouth Section and became Chairman 1976-1977.  He became the second Editor of the Branch magazine Contact Point and was elected President of the Western Counties Branch in 1987.  He was also on the editing board of Dental Update.

As a young man, he joined Round Table and later the 41 Club.  On the foundation of the Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club, he was invited to join and worked in several offices.  During their 25th year celebrations, he was honoured to be elected as their President and awarded the accolade of a Paul Harris Fellowship for services to the Rotary Movement.  Closer to home, he was a governor of West Alvington primary school, a parish councillor and a stalwart of the Anglican Church, where he was joint treasurer.

David loved his golf and retirement gave him the opportunity to pursue this interest after a hard working life looking after his patients.  He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis two years ago.

West Alvington Parish Church was full to overflowing for David’s funeral service.  Colleagues, former patients and friends were standing along both side aisles.  Those unable to gain access to the interior were able to participate through a pre-installed public address system outside.

He leaves his devoted wife Hilary after a happily married life of 49 years, three daughters and seven grandchildren to whom we extend our sincere sympathies.

The family are very grateful to everyone who attended David’s funeral and gave so generously enabling his family to donate £2000 to Breathing Matters, and also his former partner and close friend Keith Millman MBE for allowing us to use his very fitting tribute to a much loved husband, father, granddad and friend.