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.”

Challenge set to fundraise for injured colleagues

Challenge set to fundraise for injured colleagues

Inspired and motivated to do something, having witnessed first-hand the impact of the London Bridge terror attack on his fellow colleagues, T/Inspector Steve Hewitt from the British Transport Police based in Croydon, set himself a challenge to raise money for the Blue Lamp Foundation and invited his family and friends to join him.

Booked for the last weekend in May, Steve and his team, including his two young children aged 8 and 10, will take on three peaks in three days!

Climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, Steve and his team hope to raise £2000 with this challenge.   They are already a quarter way towards meeting their goal with their JustGiving page:

Steve said: “I wanted to do something positive after seeing first-hand the impact that the London attacks had on my fellow police officers.  I chose the Blue Lamp Foundation because this charity is a life line to those injured whilst on duty and sadly this is becoming more and more a daily occurrence.”

Blue Lamp Foundation Chairman Peter Sweeney said: “We rely totally on the fundraising efforts of our supporters and champions to be able to help our 999 heroes when they need us most.  We’re wishing Steve and his team all the very best with this challenge and encourage you to support them if you can via the JustGiving Page and help them meet their target.”

Your privacy matters to us

Your privacy matters to us

At PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation we take your privacy seriously.  We have therefore updated our privacy policy in light of the new GDPR legislation.

You will find a copy of our updated Privacy Policy here and we urge to read this policy very carefully because it contains important information about us and:

  • the personal information we collect about you, our users
  • what we do with your information, and
  • who your information may be shared with

If you have any queries, please email the Foundation: 

Barclays invests in brilliant fundraising effort

Barclays invests in brilliant fundraising effort

The terrorist attacks in the UK last year left many people feeling the need to raise money for charity to help those caught up in events.  The staff at Barclays Bank felt so strongly that they hosted an emergency services themed cocktail evening to raise money for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.  Money raised on the night and a matched funding donation from Barclays Bank brought the total to over £5k.  A magnificent total and lots of fun was had on the night!

Organiser James Baker, said: “I am convinced choosing such a brilliant and relevant cause was a major driver for the bumper sum collected across a relatively small division of Barclays.  Keep up the good work and I hope we can support you again soon.”

Barclays David Cummings, said: “I’d like to reiterate James’ comments below that we are delighted to support such a great charity and keep up the good work.”

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: “A huge thank you to all those involved from the Foundation.  We have provided financial support to one of the families severely affected by the recent terrorists incidents in London and we are in discussions to help other officers who’ve received life changing injuries.  Every £ donated will go towards supporting these officers, and sadly the many others who will follow, to try and restore some normality in their own and their families lives.”



Support our Emergency Services on March 1

Support our Emergency Services on March 1

THE Blue Lamp Foundation is asking people support its work through text giving, this Emergency Services Day.

The Foundation chose March 1, St David’s Day, as Emergency Services Day, in memory of the charity’s founder David Rathband, to not only celebrate his achievements, but the work of all our emergency service heroes.

The Foundation knows that the public value the work of the emergency services and that they are there when we need them.  This campaign will mean that the Foundation is there when the emergency services need help and support after being injured in the line of duty.

Charity Chairman Peter Sweeney, said: “This will be the Blue Lamp Foundation’s fourth national Emergency Services Day and we want to ask everyone to join us in celebrating the work carried out by our emergency services, by donating a couple of pounds through text giving.

“We want to build on this day, building awareness and making it more successful, year on year.”

The day follows the example of the United States, which already has a National Emergency Medical Services Week, supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, bringing together local communities and medical personnel to honour the dedication of those who provide day-to-day emergency services on the front line.

PC David Rathband was shot and blinded whilst on duty with Northumbria Police, on July 4, 2010. He had the idea of starting a charity from his hospital bed. His charity, The Blue Lamp Foundation, has gone on to provide emergency financial aid to cover the unexpected costs of emergency personnel injured in the line of duty.

In the last year, the Blue Lamp Foundation has financially supported organisations working to rehabilitate emergency services staff injured in then line of duty, as well as provided individual grants to emergency services personnel.

Members of the public, who want to join the Blue Lamp Foundation’s text giving campaign, this St David’s Day, should text a message saying BLUE01 £2 To 70070 (to donate £2) or BLUE01 £3 to 70070 (to donate £3). All text messages are free from all networks.

Peter Sweeney added: “We are very proud of our work in The Blue Lamp Foundation and are committed to continuing to deliver David’s vision for helping his emergency services colleagues in appropriate circumstances.”


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Police Charities UK

Police Charities UK

PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation is delighted to be part of Police Charities UK which lists all charities that support the Police family in one place.

The new website acts as a reference guide for anyone who may need to access help and support from the various UK Police charities. To find out more about Police Charities UK and the charities which are part of it, please click here.

Support our injured emergency services heroes this Christmas

Support our injured emergency services heroes this Christmas

The work of the Blue Lamp Foundation is 365 days a year and the support we’re able to give to our injured emergency services heroes is making a difference.  Did you know you can do your bit to help us to help them through payroll giving?

Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice.

Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p.

Payroll Giving (also known as Give As You Earn or workplace giving) is a cheaper way to give to charity because its tax free – for example, a donation of £5 per month costs the basic rate tax payer £4.00 (the taxman pays the rest!)

Higher rate taxpayers- the only way to pass on your 40% or 45% tax to charities. Only 28% can be recouped via other ways of giving.

Start your New Year with a good deed and sign up to support The Blue Lamp Foundation and our injured emergency services heroes.  Thank you.

Putting his best foot forward to make a difference

Putting his best foot forward to make a difference

A very big thank you to Mental Health Nurse Paul Kerrigan who recently completed the Mersey Tunnel 10k and raised nearly £300 for our charity.

Paul took on the event and the chance to raise some money for charity after being shocked by Home Office statistics showing the number of our emergency services heroes who’ve been assaulted whilst on duty.

Paul said: “The newly published grim statistics for on-duty police officers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, NHS staff and firefighters show injury and assault rates now at record highs.  Personally, I do think there has never been a more urgent need for medical, financial and rehabilitative support for all three of our emergency services at a time of huge cuts to public services.

“Before we allow others to complain about response times and performance, let us provide the safety net for those that provide one to us, day in, day out.  Let’s honor the legacy of our fallen emergency service personnel in a practical way for the benefit of all those currently serving and in turn, the public they serve. Only we can make it happen.”

Congratulations on your achievement Paul on behalf of everyone here at the Foundation!

Golfers in the swing of fundraising success

Golfers in the swing of fundraising success

L-R: Jonathan Hulley, Capsticks, Peter Whatmore, Moat Homes, Tom Duffy, Moat Homes

The Blue Lamp Foundation is looking forward to being able to help more injured emergency services personnel thanks to the proceeds from a charity golf day.

The event held at Kent and Surrey Golf and Country Club and organised by Peter Whatmore, Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic abuse and Housing specialist, raised £2,200 on the day thanks to the generosity of those taking part.

The golfers arrived to somewhat foggy weather but that soon cleared and they enjoyed the sunshine for the rest of the day.

Congratulations to Sharratts who had the winning team and to the overall winner Ben Halsey.

Peter Whatmore said: “We hold this charity golf day annually and this year I wanted to support our emergency services in a way that helps injured officers and their families.”

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: “We are very grateful to Peter and all those who took part in this charity golf day as the Foundation relies solely on donations and fundraising efforts of those in our communities.  The money raised will pay for two of our injured emergency services personnel to attend a residential rehabilitation programme covering physical and or mental injuries suffered as a result of being on duty.”

Special thanks go to the team at Kent and Surrey Golf and Country Club for all of their hard work before and on the day and to all of the event sponsors:

  • Mears Group = longest drive
  • MHS Homes = nearest pin
  • Clarke Willmott solicitors = nearest the pin
  • Armour Group = four ball London club + hole sponsor
  • K & T Heating = trophy sponsor + hole sponsor
  • Jenner Group = hole sponsor
  • Martin Arnold = hole sponsor
  • Calfordseaden = hole sponsor
  • Capsticks = hole sponsor
  • Groundscapes = hole sponsor golf pic Me Jonathan Tom
  • Cleanscapes = hole sponsor
  • Low carbon Exchange = hole sponsor
  • Kent and Surrey Golf club who donated a four-ball