Team Blue Lamp have completed the 2011 Virgin London Marathon!

PC David Rathband and his guide Steve White crossed the finish line in 6 hours 49 minutes.

PC Gareth Rees and his guide Robin Palmer stepped over after 6 hours 39 minutes.

This page will remain open, and we would be extremely grateful for any further donations you make.


In the early hours of 4 July 2010, PC David Rathband was shot from just 3ft away through the closed passenger window of his patrol car, sending hundreds of pieces of shrapnel into his face. A second shot hit him in the chest.

PC Rathband was rushed to hospital suffering from injuries that were so bad that no-one - including David himself - gave him much chance of survival. Amazingly, the surgeons were able to save his life, but they could not save his sight.

He is completely blind in both eyes with no hope of any sight ever being restored.

PC Rathband said “I now want what happened to me to be looked upon as a positive thing. Lets show the nicer side of human nature by supporting other personnel of the emergency services that have been criminally injured in the line of duty. I truly believe that together we can now make a difference and assist others in their time of need”. 


In December 2008, PC Gareth Rees was hit by a car travelling at about 50-55mph whilst dealing with a Road Traffic incident.

Despite undergoing six operations with more to come, and effectively walking on two broken legs with crutches, he has begun fundraising for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation and has completed the 1 annual 3 mile friendship walk in David’s home town.

He said: “I’m lucky to be here – I should have died on the roadside. We had that conversation that we both should have. We got very tearful talking last night.

“And Claire’s been talking with Kath as they’ve been through similar things – the knock on the door in the night.

“We’ve got to look at the positives – my wife’s pregnant and I’ve got time at home with the baby.”

PC Rathband and Rees will be accompanied on the tarmac by Robin Palmer and Steve White, who will guide them along the course whilst completing it themselves in an attempt to boost funds for the charity.

This JustGiving page allows you to sponsor any of the four team members. They are all taking part for the same reasons and same cause.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and sponsor this fantastic four today.

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Blue Lamp Foundation

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We provide support to relieve financial hardship amongst ambulance, police or fire service personnel injured in the course of duty (and the families and dependants of such personnel) through providing grants to those injured and to other charitable organisations to help fund specific projects.

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Donations 498

Also inspired by your frank speech on Radio 4. Tbh I never thought I would donate to a policeman's cause - so I'm also a convert

Donation by L Hill on 04/06/11


Well done Gareth and David. That was a fantastic achievement.

Donation by Andy Cockhill on 09/05/11


Just read your story in my hubbie's police fed mag and wanted to give my support. Well done guys. You do Britain proud.

Donation by Nuz Courtney on 06/05/11


Donation by Stuart Honaker on 26/04/11


Donation by Anne Cooke on 26/04/11


Well Done and Very Best Wishes

Donation by Jenny Flaherty on 22/04/11


Well done to all of you! Incredible effort. :)

Donation by Claire Nelson on 21/04/11


Saw you as I was running last Sunday too. It was an amazing achievement for you all, well done.

Donation by Charlotte Glasspool on 21/04/11



Donation by Phillip Parvin on 20/04/11

Gareth & David, well done. Truly inspirational.. Gareth, if you think that was hard, wait until Eva is 13 years old! Love, Kate, Del and kids...x

Donation by Kate Goodchild on 20/04/11


Donation by Julie-Ann Cundell on 20/04/11


Its not just because I am a police officer's mother, but also that I admire the bravery of this amazing man and his supporting team. Congratulations.

Donation by Ann Blakey on 19/04/11

David and your running partners what bravery keep it up.

Donation by MARTIN LEECH on 19/04/11


Well done Gareth, David and running partners! I am proud of and inspired by your tenacity and courage.

Donation by Delphine Davies on 19/04/11


Out of adversity comes courage...and heroes. Congrats to your team on VLM. GNR in September? JY, ELVET STRIDERS, DURHAM

Donation by j Young on 19/04/11


Admiration totally. Hope my family Officer never faces this challenge. One hundred thanks and that will never be enough. GOOD LUCK!!

Donation by Jo Shore on 19/04/11


Heard your frank and honest interview on Radio 4 yesterday. You really are an inspiration. Keep going!

Donation by Sally A. on 18/04/11


David you are a man of extreme courage and I will support you whenever I can. When I saw you on the TV I knew I had to donate. You humble us all xxx

Donation by NICKI MILES on 18/04/11


Well done David and your guide Robin for completing the marathon. You are an inspiration.

Donation by David Gray on 18/04/11


Heard your interview on the radio & wanted to donate. Please keep strong and know how many people admire your courage.

Donation by LizS on 18/04/11


Many congratulations on a brilliant outcome....Very very proud of u, & to top it off u got in hours before the roadsweepers!!! @ItSmurf in Ireland

Donation by Martina Murphy on 18/04/11

People like you are inspirational - dont ever forget that xxx

Donation by catherine morrow on 18/04/11


Well done on the run, David, you're an inspiration!

Donation by Vivien Edwards on 18/04/11


It is wonderful that something so positive has come out of your experiences. Well done on such a great time.

Donation by ED on 18/04/11


We heard you on Radio 4. What a brave and inspiring run. Congratulations

Donation by E & J on 18/04/11


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£10,668.97
  • Offline donations£7,873.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£18,541.97
  • Gift Aid£0.00

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