Chippenham concert to raise money to fight disease that killed both men

This Is Wiltshire: Michelle Pentecost and Alexa Collings with Ebony and Mackenzie Bardsley, who will be singing in a musical extravaganza to raise funds for charity                           (PM1396) By Paul Morris Michelle Pentecost and Alexa Collings with Ebony and Mackenzie Bardsley, who will be singing in a musical extravaganza to raise funds for charity (PM1396) By Paul Morris

Two women who lost their fathers to the same lung disease are putting on a musical extravaganza in their memory in Chippenham this weekend.

Roger Pentecost’s daughter Michelle, who teaches performing arts at Stagecoach Theatre, has organised A Night of Musical Celebration in his honour and to raise money for Action For Pulmonary Fibrosis after he died earlier this year.

She is putting on the show with a friend she has danced with for many years, Alexa Collings, whose own father Phil died of the same disease 11 years ago.

Miss Pentecost, 28, of Barley Leaze, Chippenham, said: “It’s strange because it’s not a well-known illness. She was a good support because she’s been through a similar time – it was nice to have someone to talk to.

“It made him breathless – it gives you a really bad cough, and eventually takes over your lungs and you can’t breathe any more. It was horrible. He was really brave and joked right up until the end. It was really hard to see him go downhill. He was a joker.

“He was a really popular Chippenham man, he helped everybody out.”

Miss Pentecost’s niece and nephew Ebony, seven, and Mackenzie, nine, will sing solos for their granddad, who loved to see them on stage and helped out backstage at Chippenham Hilights.

Mr Pentecost, who lived in Corsham and was 57, worked as an electrician for Carter Pumps in Melksham. He worked up until two weeks before his death.

The event takes place in Sheldon School hall tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets from Haine & Smith in Chippenham are £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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