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Robin Szmidt

In memory of DAVID BORDER

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My story

[p]Thank you for visiting this page which is in memory of [b]David Border[/b] and raises funds for [b]Mind[/b]: a UK mental health charity. [b]Mind [/b]provides support and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. This page was set up in agreement with friends and colleagues in the organic waste and recycling industry and provides a secure way to donate in David's memory.[/p][p]David, who took his own life, alone, in June 2019 at his home in Cambridgeshire was a very well-known figure in the UK industry for organic waste recycling as well as internationally; particularly the United States. With his signature bushy red-brown beard, small stature and, by his own admission, rotund and somewhat overweight profile, his unique shadow lies across so much of the organics’ industry we know today. [/p][p]David graduated from The University of London in 1967 and went on to lecture in biochemistry at Imperial College during the1970s, researching biochemistry of fungi and their microbial interactions. He was a key developer of what would become industry-standard in-vessel composting. David was central to the development of the iconic large-scale composting facility at Huntingdon. Never content to stop developing ideas he was then the first person in the UK to think about what else could be composted using in-vessel systems and much to the amusement of those in the mushroom industry he set about trying a range of materials, from waste-water sludges to shredded greenwaste.[/p][p]David was first and foremost a communicator and ideas-man. He thrived on this, meeting new friends, colleagues and associates, filing ideas away in his memory until they came in useful. A meeting that David relished was with HRH Prince Charles, showing him the muddy way around the Hensby’s compost site to see the innovative sludge-composting work: a rare down-to-earth trip for HRH and it’s nice to think perhaps this was a key step to his own love of organic farming and the environment. [/p][p]David always published his ideas and new developments, particularly in industry-journals both in Europe and the USA. He became a very well-known participant in international organics’ conferences, particularly Biocycle events held across the US and was a member of, and contributor to, various industry advisory bodies.[/p][p]In recent years David continued to look beyond the current state-of-the-art and not content with having been a key figure in developing commercial-scale controlled composting turned his attention to using our natural resources as biorefineries, particularly micro-algae as the next generation technology. He continued to look at how to make an economic case for such developments, proposing integrated processing, waste management and carbon-accounting strategies.[/p][p]David continued to publish whenever possible, including a number of articles in preparation, as yet unpublished. He had a strong presence on professional social-media with around a thousand ‘followers across the globe and was a prolific blogger and on-line reviewer, freely distributing thoughts, ideas and commentary. [/p][p]Despite an apparent level-headedness David was not in good health nor a happy or contented individual and, after a previous attempt, took his own life. The irony of David being at all those conferences of hundreds, maybe thousands of people, is that only now do we realise he was actually alone. Those that worked with David know his legacy lies in the quality, predictability health and safety of our composts and digestates and in the next generation of organics research, yet at a personal level his passing risks going largely unrecorded. Please remember David by donating to [b]Mind[/b] so that all that suffer such turmoil can in future be helped.[/p][p]Who are [b]Mind[/b]?[/p][p]We're [b]Mind[/b], the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We're here for you. Today. Now. Whether you're stressed, depressed or in crisis. We'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.[/p][p]We provide [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/]advice and support[/url] to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/]campaign[/url] to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.[/p][p]Watch this short video to find out more?[/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8[/url][/p][p] Please donate if you can.[/p][p]This is what your donation could do:[/p][p][b]£10[/b] could allow us to send essential information booklets about mental health to 40 people.[/p][p][b]£40[/b] could pay for 28 people to campaign for change on our behalf.[/p][p][b]£70[/b] could keep our online community, Elefriends, open and safe for two hours. [/p][p][b]£120[/b] could offer a lifeline to eight people in desperate need of support from our Mind legal line.[/p][p][b]£200[/b] could help us keep the Mind Infoline open for 1 hour, helping 35 people.[/p][p][b]£300[/b] could support a young person bereaved by suicide to access 1:1 and group support. [/p][p][b]£550[/b] could provide five people struggling with their mental health a place in a 10-week wellbeing group with team sports and cookery.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and for donating. Your support is hugely appreciated.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, donations will be quickly processed and passed directly and securely to [b]Mind[/b]. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Mar 2020



Jan 11, 2020

David Owen

R.i.P. Uncle David.


Jan 10, 2020

Kevin Owen

Uncle David, I hope you are finally at peace. The work that you have done over your career will be a great legacy to future generations. Your sister Grace also hopes that you have found everlasting peace.


Jan 2, 2020

Elizabeth Owen

Go rest high on that mountain, Uncle David


Jan 1, 2020

Joyce Delfosse

In memory of David Border from his eldest sister Joyce Delfosse. We lost contact with David after our mother died. Rest in peace David.


Jul 15, 2019

Nora Goldstein

In memory of our BioCycle friend, David Border


Jul 9, 2019

Bill Elliott

A good Friend and colleague - I will miss our chats and being able to call him day or night and always getting answer whatever the issue!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 2, 2019



Jul 1, 2019

Lawney Eco Sustainable Sols Ltd

David Thanks for helping getting the organics recycling industry going

£300.00 plus £75.00 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019

John Jardine

I will miss David's sound advice and banter he gave me over the years. He will be sorely missed and I hope he is now at peace.

Jun 28, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid