A series of health awareness seminars are being held in memory of a Jamaican community stalwart.
Nehemiah, also known as Carl, Bernard was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, and sadly died earlier this month at his home in Bedford at the age of 74, surrounded by his children and wife Dr Pamela Bernard.
Carl was the former chairman of the Bedford and African Forum between 1998 and 2013.
He was a well-recognised Jamaican leader in Bedford, and worked extensively in the community as former councillor of Renhold Parish Council and regional co-ordinator for the Jamaican Diaspora United Kingdom (JDUK).
His family this week paid tribute to him.
They said: “His caring, gentle, good mannered and listening personality made it easy to connect with people and for people to listen to him.“
Carl also worked with the Bedfordshire & Luton NHS Trust as senior lead mental health worker for over two decades.
A JPUK seminar that aims to raise awareness of a number of illnesses that people of Carribean heritage are more likely to suffer from, including diabetes and prostate cancer, is being held on Saturday, November 9.
It is taking place between 11am and 3pm at Conniburrow Community Centre in Milton Keynes.