David Wilkes

David Wilkes

is running for The Bereavement Trust


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I will be running the London Marathon in aid of the Bereavement Trust.[/p][p][b]The Bereavement Trust provides Freephone help-line for people suffering from the pain of bereavement. When a listening ear is most need [u]they are there[/u].[/b][/p][p][b]It is run by volunteers BUT they are still totally reliant on charitable donation to maintain this service, that itself takes referrals from other organisations such as the Samaritans and CRUSE.[/b][/p][p][u]If you want to know a little more about the trust and its history (read on):[/u][/p][p]The trust was set up following the Kegworth air disaster of 1989. [/p][p]At the time a major rescue operation was undertaken by a number of local police forces and emergency services led by the then Leicestershire Constabulary. The injured were conveyed to hospitals in Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. Once the immediate interventions were completed, the senior hospital chaplain at the University Hospital Nottingham (Queen’s Medical Centre), the Reverend David Stoter, had the unenviable task of comforting the bereaved and supporting the various services who had been involved in this major trauma. Revd. Stoter quickly realised that support for bereaved people was not only severely limited in working hours but also virtually non-existent in the evenings when support and a ‘listening-ear’ was most needed. [/p][p]This led to the formation of the trust and from early 1991 it has provided a ‘Freephone’ Helpline for those suffering the pain and distress that may follow a bereavement. Due to the growth of the internet and introduction of a ‘web-site’ this has dramatically changed usage patterns, and the helpline now gets calls from all over the UK. [/p][p]It costs £15,000 per year to maintain the helpline and the majority of the funds required are raised by a small team of London Marathon runners. This year I am proud to be one of their number and am aiming to raise £2,500 to keep the helpline going.[/p][p]We never know when disaster may strike. So it is comforting to know that every evening of the year [i](no exceptions!)[/i] someone is on duty to help provide support, advice and above all a listening ear to the many people struggling to come to terms with the loss of someone they loved. With families becoming more scattered and neighbourhoods no longer being the tightly knit communities they once were, the trust offers a ‘safety valve’ – a totally secure and confidential situation in which bereaved people can ‘talk’ while one of the team ‘listens’. The trust is becoming increasingly well-known and receives referrals for assistance from other services such as the Samaritans and CRUSE.[/p][p]So please, if you can, sponsor me in this event and help keep the trust going.[/p][p] [/p]
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May 10, 2018


All you colleagues at the RHDR are very proud of your achievement


May 10, 2018

Caroline Mackie

Sorry this is so late! Very well done, I realise you had a very tough time.


May 8, 2018

Andrea OD

Congraulations...especially in such a hot and gruelling conditions, amazing!

May 2, 2018

The Family Lees

Congratulations David. You should be super fit for Panto this year!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2018



plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018

M Mean

Very well run, David! Inspirational!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018

Mark Wagstaff

Well done David


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Phil Tyler

Hope it went ok David.


Apr 23, 2018

Lyn and Robert Walker RHDR

Well done, David. Hope you're feeling OK today!!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Mark Marriott

Brilliant effort on a very hot day!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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