Let’s help our lovely fundraiser Mandy Cook to reach her fundraising target as she runs the Great North Run later this year in memory of her Uncle Barry (Police Inspector Barry John Taylor) and Ian Riley. Read her story and what’s inspiring her to want to give something back https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-cook29
Author: Sharron Ashurst
10th Anniversary of the David Rathband Trophy
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the David Rathband Trophy when the Northumberland Referees Association, captained by David Martin, takes on the Rest of the World, captained by George Penman, in this annual golf day.
The event was started in 2012 after PC David Rathband and part time referee was shot and blinded whilst on duty. Since then this regular fixture proudly raises money for David’s charity and supports our injured emergency services heroes.
This year’s event takes place at Burgham Park Golf Club in Northumberland on Sunday 19th June. Places are still available – 11am tee off, £120 per four ball.
For further information or to take part, please email David Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifts for amazing Mothers and 999 Heroes
It’s just over two weeks to Mother’s Day and we’ve got a new range of gifts for those amazing Mum’s out there (and their mini heroes) who work for the emergency services. You’ll also be doing your bit to support our #999heroes injured in the line of duty with every purchase. http://www.bluelampfoundation.org/shop-3/
Climbing Out making a real difference
We’ve been collaborating with Climbing Out for some time now and here is some of the incredible feedback they are getting from your attendees:
“Climbing Out has helped me find my purpose in life. Before coming here I was lost and drawing in my own head: now I feel free and inspired to push myself and develop”
“Something important I learnt was that you can have a good time, or even a great time, even if there’s a bunch of not so good going on too. I found the activity side of things very hard but surprisingly despite that I was still having a really great time.” Siobhan
“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to feel free and able to speak to people without fear of judgement” Wendy
“I feel so much more confident leaving here now, rebuilt into a bit more of the person I was before cancer” Kerri
“This programme is one unique journey that can offer more in a week than some other services can do over a longer time”
“I just want to say thank you for this week. It has had such a positive impact on Megan…she hasn’t shut up! It is so lovely to see her spark back. A long way to go but thank you, thank you, thank you. You are without doubt a true inspiration.” Megan’s Mum
“Connecting with others in this environment is one of a kind and that connection is key in helping to give us hope”
“Climbing Out has given us time to heal and learn how to live, not just survive…..my confidence has grown and I’ve learned strategies to cope. Previously life was bleak and now it’s shining bright!” Kirsty
“This experience has ignited my will to live, it might be a small spark, but I know working more with Climbing Out will help me brighten it. Without that spark I’d still be stuck in a dark room, now I have a glimpse of light and I can start attempting to clear out the room. Although slightly annoying as it was at times, the coaches pushing me both physically and mentally has created more progress in these few days than I’ve had in years” Megan
“I have spent a long time focusing my life around my illness and this experience has allowed me to realise I’m more than that” Siobhan
“I feel genuinely hopeful for the future for the first time since my traumatic experience…..being pushed out of my comfort zone alongside people that are struggling like me has made me feel like I’m actually living rather than surviving” Aimee
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
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
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
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.
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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: email@example.com or drop us a message via social media.
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:
Thank you Charlie and the rest of your family for their involvement and for the funds raised to help our emergency services heroes.