CLIMBING OUT 2021 PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

CLIMBING OUT 2021 PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

Climbing Out has launched its 2021 programme to help people rebuild confidence and self esteem.  Following the success of  programmes aimed at the emergency services in 2020, they have been extended into 2021:

Prog 1: April 6th -10th  –  Peak District. Dukes Barn. Open age. University Programme

Prog 2: May 3rd -7th  –  North Wales. 30yrs and Over. Yr Hafod

Prog 3: June 20th-26th – Level 3, Wilderness Canoeing Expedition in Sweden

Prog 4: July 12th – 16th   – North Wales. Old School Lodge. Military programme. Open age

Prog 5: Aug 2nd – 6th   – Peak District. Visual Impairments Programme. Open Age

Prog 6: Aug 15th – 19th –  North Wales. Yr Hafod. 18-30yrs

Prog 7: Sept 13th  – 18th  –  Hadrian’s Wall Walk. Level Two

Prog 8: Oct 18th – 22nd  –   Lake District. Emergency Services/NHS/Military

Prog 9: Nov 22nd – 26th  – Peak District. PEGS programme (Parents who’ve been abused by their children) Open age

 

You can download a referral form here if you or anyone you know would like to apply for one of these courses.  More information on Climbing Out and the programmes on offer can be found here.

JOIN US ON SATURDAY 24TH TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR #TEAM999 HEROES

JOIN US ON SATURDAY 24TH TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR #TEAM999 HEROES

Members of The British Police Symphony Orchestra are proud to share with everyone their film of Rick Wakeman’s Dance of a Thousand Lights (as featured on The One Show, BBC 1) and to invite you light up the skies, in support of our blue light emergency teams.

Featuring over 300 performers, drawn from the wider police family throughout the UK and recorded entirely in isolation during lockdown, the film celebrates all who serve in our ambulance, fire and police services and who are working so hard in this current crisis to protect those we love.

Watch the whole film here: https://youtu.be/mfhjy_SuGXc

This unique fundraising project is in support of PC David Rathband’s The Blue Lamp Foundation, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. The money raised will enable the charity to help our team 999 heroes who struggle with mental, emotional or physical injuries as a result of their commitment to us whilst on duty.

Chairman of the charity, Peter Sweeney, said: “We are humbled by the work that has been put in by the BPSO to get this project up and running and the commitment to support our work, as crucial today as it was a decade ago, but even more difficult in the current crisis.”

The original Dance of a Thousand Lights event was scheduled for Sunday September 27, but had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions.

The new date for everyone to light up the skies is Saturday October 24 at 5.45pm.

To find out more about the project, the range of official merchandise and ways in which donations can be made, visit: www.bpso.org.uk

The orchestra is no stranger to blue flashing lights, comprising as it does, serving and retired police officers, support and civilian staff, along with the wider police family.

Musical Director of the BPSO, Dr Richard Jenkinson, said: “This project is an incredible achievement, bringing together as it has over 70 members of the BPSO, the internationally acclaimed classical pianist, Benjamin Frith and 300 performers from massed police choirs. A project such as this would have been impossible a few years ago and it is a tribute to all involved that we have used the technology available to create such a ground-breaking recording.”

The film, featuring every performer, along with footage of blue light heroes and vehicles, provides the perfect soundtrack to a visual spectacular to be staged on Saturday 24th October 24, 2020.

At 5.45pm on this date, members of the public are invited to stand outside, at a safe social distance and wave blue lights into the skies, to become one of the BPSO’s thousand lights.

Where available, blue light emergency vehicles from all 999 response teams will flash blue lights in appreciation of the public support.

Light up the skies at sunset and celebrate your team 999 heroes –  It’s that easy!

 

Lockdown and musical talent used to support UK’s emergency services

Lockdown and musical talent used to support UK’s emergency services

Members of the British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO) together with massed police choirs from across the UK are taking part in a unique fundraising project to say thank you to our 999 heroes.

Working in isolation during lockdown, over 70 other members of the BPSO, the internationally acclaimed classical pianist, Benjamin Frith and 300 performers from massed police choirs,  have individually performed and recorded their parts and filmed their own performances of Rick Wakeman’s, “Dance of a Thousand Lights”.

To view the film please click here: https://youtu.be/Lz9jOFCN6bw

The BPSO is no stranger to blue flashing lights, comprising as it does, serving and retired police officers, support and civilian staff, along with the wider police family.

Last year the BPSO filled the Royal Albert Hall with over 7,000 dancing lights as part of the 30th Anniversary Charity Gala Concert. This project is on an even larger scale, with even more blue lights.

Musical Director of the BPSO, Dr Richard Jenkinson said: “This project is an incredible achievement, bringing together as it has hundreds of musicians, drawn from across the UK, all of whom have rehearsed and performed in isolation. The film pays tribute to all who serve in our ambulance, fire and police services, many of whom have pushed themselves to protect and support members of the public, to the point that they are running on adrenaline in this current crisis.

“We joined forces with PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation because this year is a very special year for them as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary. We’re asking the public to support this project and to join #Team999 through the purchase of

merchandise or by donating on JustGiving – all proceeds will go to the Foundation so that they can help those injured in the line of duty be that physical or mental and emotional wellbeing injuries.”

The Blue Lamp Foundation provides support for injured fire, police and ambulance personnel. It was set up by the late PC David Rathband, after he was shot and injured on duty with Northumbria Police in 2010.

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: “This October, the Foundation will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and its importance to emergency services personnel who have been injured in the line of duty is as crucial today as it was a decade ago.

“We are humbled by the work that has been put in by the BPSO to get this project up and running and their enthusiasm and commitment to supporting #Team999.”

Dance of a Thousand Lights for The Blue Lamp Foundation

Dance of a Thousand Lights for The Blue Lamp Foundation

The British Police Symphony Orchestra and PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation invite you to light up the skies in support of #Team999

Sunday 27th September, 2020 at 20.00
You can join all members of the emergency services blue light teams and members of the public across the UK in a celebration of the brave men and women who respond to our 999 calls and who work so hard to keep us and those we love safe in extreme circumstances.
Featuring a full symphony orchestra, internationally acclaimed classical pianist, Benjamin Frith and massed choirs, Rick Wakeman’s sparkling Dance of a Thousand Lights will provide the perfect soundtrack to a visual spectacular, whilst also raising valuable funds for PC David Rathband’s, The Blue Lamp Foundation.
Under the socially distanced baton of Musical Director, Dr Richard Jenkinson all prior rehearsals and recordings will take place in complete isolation; no small achievement for hundreds of musicians drawn from police force areas throughout the UK.
The film of this will pay tribute to all who serve in our ambulance, fire and police services, many of whom have pushed themselves to protect and support members of the public, to the point that they are running on adrenaline in this current crisis. At some point they will have to sit down, switch off and let someone else help and protect them.
Support this unique fundraising project and you can help The Blue Lamp Foundation to make sure that someone will be there for them when this happens.
The foundation provides support for emergency services personnel who have been injured in the line of duty. It was set up by the late PC David Rathband after he was shot and injured on duty with Northumbria Police in July 2010. This October, the Foundation will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and its importance to emergency services personnel who have been injured in the line of duty is just as crucial today as it was a decade ago.
Support this project by being part of the celebration on the 27th September at 20.00 and shine your phones into the skies to marvel as the blue lights from all emergency vehicles throughout the land dance so brightly that they can be seen from space.
Support this project by buying the #Team999 merchandise by visiting our online shop or click here.

Support this project by following us on social media
Facebook: @bluelampofficial @britishpolicesymphonyorchestra
Twitter: @bluelampfound @policeorchestra

Supporting our emergency services heroes during Metal Health Awareness Week

Supporting our emergency services heroes during Metal Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18th – 24th May) – shining a spotlight on the importance of looking after the mind as well as the body. More and more of the people we are helping require mental and emotional wellbeing support as a result of being injured on duty and we’re expecting this will only rise in the coming months as the impact of Covid-19 takes its toll on those in our emergency services. If you’re up for a bit of a lockdown challenge and some fundraising, we would love to hear from you. Email us: info@bluelampfoundation.org or drop us a message via social media.

DJ Rogers28 set for emergency services heroes

DJ Rogers28 set for emergency services heroes

Talented young DJ Charlie Rogers from Derbyshire did his charity set on Saturday night and raised a fantastic £295 for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.  Charlie, aka DJ Rogers28, played the Foundation’s information video as part of his set and a video message from Trustee John Eames.  Charlie’s sister also got in on the act by recording a few songs she performed with her guitar.

Eleven-year-old Charlie has performed a number of these Saturday night sessions to raise money for different charities close to his heart.

You can see his Blue Lamp gig and his others here on Twitch:

https://www.twitch.tv/djrogers28/clip/CarefulAmazingPandaTBTacoLeft?filter=clips&range=30d&sort=time

Thank you Charlie and the rest of your family for their involvement and for the funds raised to help our emergency services heroes.

 

RELIANCE HIGH TECH EMPLOYEES NOMINATE CHARITY OF THE YEAR

RELIANCE HIGH TECH EMPLOYEES NOMINATE CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Reliance High-Tech, the leading independent security technology integrator and provider of lone worker protection services, is delighted to announce that its chosen charity for the year 2020/21 is the PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.

The Blue Lamp Foundation was founded in 2010 by PC David Rathband after suffering life changing injuries from being shot at close range by Raoul Moat. The charity helps those from the emergency services who have been injured, physically or emotionally, in the line of duty by providing funding and support towards, treatment, rehabilitation and out of pocket expenses.

Throughout the year Reliance High-Tech’s employees will engage in a range of activities to raise funds and help with the vital work that this charity carries out – activities that last year raised a magnificent £2,090 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

According to David Walton, Finance Director at Reliance High-Tech: “SSAFA was our first ever charity of the year and I’m really proud of how the Reliance team undertook a variety of fund raising activities, from the “big brew” to climbing the equivalent of Everest at our head office in Bracknell. This year we invited nominations from the team as to which charity we should support and the Blue Lamp Foundation was chosen. Given Reliance High-Tech’s close relationships to a number of police forces and the NHS, this is a perfect fit for us to give something back to such a worthwhile cause and the brave men and women of the emergency services who sacrifice so much for us.”

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of the PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: We would like to thank everyone at Reliance High Tech for choosing to support the Foundation over the next year. In the current climate, we know that emergency services personnel, along with many more key workers, are being pushed to new levels of demand. At some point, their coping mechanisms will slow down and on top of the physical assaults many are experiencing, they will reach a point whereby they can no longer effectively function with front line duties and will need support.  Sponsorship from Reliance High Tech will help us deliver this support.”

For further information please visit www.reliancehightec.co.uk

Charity Climbing Out helps us cope with lockdown

Charity Climbing Out helps us cope with lockdown

A charity set up to help people deal with life chaning injuries and illnesses is doing a series of podcasts to offer people a range of tools to help cope with lockdown and all the challenges that come with it. Well worth a listen! Thank you to Climbing Out for sharing the links with us.  Podcast link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1000882/3312346 / Video link: https://youtu.be/ZgrEPjR0RVY

Stairway to Everest

Stairway to Everest

Former PC Garry Cross is using lockdown as a way to raise money for The Blue Lamp Foundation.  It’s his way of using his time productively and to give back to the charity that was able to help him at this time of need.

Gary has embarked on a challenge of walking up his stairs to the height of Everest! He started with he aim of raising £250 but through his JustGiving page and interviews he has done on local radio, Gary is on course to raise nearly £1,000.

Garry said: “Due to the present Coronavirus crisis, and the  boredom of the Lockdown situation, I have decided to ‘summit Everest’ by walking up and down the staircase at my home. I will be ascending my staircase to the summit height of  8848m (29030 ft) The funds raised will show our appreciation of the outstanding  work carried out by our 999 services, and will  go towards helping in the treatment of ALL emergency services personnel,  including Fire, Police and Ambulance Service . The treatment includes mental trauma care as well as treatment towards physical injuries incurred during the course of their duties.”

Gary dressed as a 1930’s British Mountaineer during the final stages of his challenge!

Well done Gary and thank you to everyone who’s supported this challenge.

If you would like to add to Gary’s total and help him break the £1,000 mark, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-cross4

Charitable donation for the Blue Lamp Foundation

Charitable donation for the Blue Lamp Foundation

West Yorkshire’s Police chiefs have come together to donate a thousand pounds to a charity that helps injured emergency service workers.

The Blue Lamp Foundation was established in October 2010 by PC David Rathband after he was shot and blinded whilst on duty in Northumbria.

The foundation provides financial aid when members of the emergency services are injured in the line of duty and incur unexpected costs such as hospital parking, childcare, medical aids, transport to and from appointments.

Sadly PC David Rathband died in 2012 but the Foundation continues in his memory. Its role and remit has developed since then and it now supports members of the emergency services who have mental or physical injuries as a result of being injured whilst on duty.

The Foundation supports any serving member of the Police, Fire and Ambulance service who has been injured whilst on duty.

The donation was made by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, John Robins using the Police Property Act Fund.

The Fund consists of money from the sale of property connected with crime. The Fund can only be used for charitable purposes.

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of the PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: “I would like to personally thank the Commissioner and Chief Constable for the donation of £1,000.

“PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation has had a long-standing relationship with West Yorkshire Police. That relationship has grown over the years and West Yorkshire Police family have been involved in actively fundraising for our charity and, importantly, we’ve been able to support and help many of their officers on their road to recovery when they have suffered physical and emotional injuries whilst on duty.

“Thank you again to the whole West Yorkshire Police family from everyone here at the Foundation and, on behalf of those we will be able to help going forward, thanks for this donation.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “I was delighted to be able to make this contribution to what is a really worthwhile cause. The Blue Lamp Foundation provides assistance to emergency service workers at a time of greatest need and makes an important contribution.

“The health and wellbeing of police officers, staff and emergency service workers in general is absolutely paramount. They risk an awful lot to keep our communities safe and it is only right that we reciprocate and do what we can to support them when they need it.

“I will continue to do everything I can to help support the welfare of officers and staff. Attacks on them are still far too common and I have previously shared the concerns of The Police Federation in that the recent Protect the Protectors legislation needs to be reviewed to ensure it is being properly implemented in line with the seriousness of attacks. Police officers and staff deserve all the protection we can give them in carrying out their work on our behalf.”

West Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable, Russ Foster, said: “Day in, day out, Police officers and staff work tirelessly to protect the communities of West Yorkshire and any assaults against them – especially when they are simply doing their job – are unacceptable”.

“The seriousness of assaulting any emergency worker has been recognised in the sanctions provided by the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (offences) Act and we welcome this and as a Force, amongst others, we championed this new legislation.

“Those who are injured on duty will undoubtedly benefit from this donation and as a Force we will continue to do all that we can to protect and support our colleagues as they conduct their duties.”