PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation
To provide support, financial or medical, to Emergency Services personnel who are injured in the line of their duty, to help them get back on their feet, and back on duty, when they need help.
PC David Rathband was the Police Officer who was shot on 4th July 2010 in a particularly vicious gun crime that occurred in Newcastle upon Tyne. Events around that time united the country in fear, upset and anger as well as highlighting the danger our emergency services personnel put themselves in, as part of their role, each and every day. Whilst lying in his hospital bed, recovering from his horrific injuries, David had the idea of starting the Blue Lamp Foundation. David then set about starting his charity which would provide financial aid to cover the unexpected costs that the injured individuals may now face due to that particular incident, such as their hospital car parking charges, emergency child care costs, taxi fares, prescriptions, mobility aids, help in the home, physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatment to name just a few. Sadly David is no longer with us, but his legacy will continue to live on in the valuable work that PC David Rathband Blue Lamp Foundation does to support our Emergency Services personnel.
PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation was officially launched in October 2010 to provide grants to support the UK's emergency services personnel injured in the line of their duty (and the families and dependants of such personnel). Since then the Foundation has provided significant grants including support to a Paramedic whose legs were crushed in an road traffic accident; Police Officers who were injured in knife attacks; a Police Community Support Officer who was injured whilst making an arrest; a motorcycle Police Officer who was paralysed in a road traffic incident and a Fire Fighter who had his leg broken during a call out. The Foundation has also given £60k to the Police Treatment Centres to refurbish specialist rehabilitation bedrooms and £60k to the Fire Fighters Charity to develop a really valuable national health and well-being programme for all Fire Fighters.
PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation is strictly non-political and does not have an affiliation with any political party and does not endorse the use of it's name for the promotion of any political viewpoint. Our emergency services workers are there to help us when we need them; this is an opportunity for us to help them.