Weʼve raised £245 to set up the Repatriation Services Trust (REST) in honour of Tom Bassett.
- Funded on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
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We are fundraising to set up a Repatriation Services Trust (REST) charity in Wales. The charity will provide support and financial aid to families who tragically lose a loved one abroad.
You never think when booking a holiday or flying out to a country abroad that tragedy might strike. Unfortunately, this happens everyday and it happened in May 2017 to the Bassett family. Tom Bassett, a well-loved, all-round amazing person was killed by a drunk driver when on holiday in Dubai. At 30 years old, Tom was a frequent traveller but fell victim to the treacherous roads in this city. The family received the devastating news early hours on the 6th May via a telephone call. A call that we all dread receiving, and never expect to get. Even though Tom had full travel insurance, the family soon realised that the pay out was not going to happen upfront. It would take weeks, months even. Yet the upfront repatriation costs were in the thousands, and that doesn't include additional costs of emergency flights to Dubai.
Losing a family member at anytime is difficult. Let alone when it happens hundreds of miles away, in a country with different laws and processes. The need to pay costs upfront means that if you do find yourself in this situation, your first option is to carry out a burial in the country in which the incident took place. An option that many would prefer not to choose, but have to due to financial constraints.
This is why the Bassett family (with the support of Tom's partner and wide circle of friends) are creating REST. If you ever find yourself in this devastating situation REST will come to your aid. The charity will provide guidance, support and financial aid to help you bring your loved one(s) home. REST is planning to help families across Wales but we will need your ongoing support. The soon to be charity is in its infancy. We will need a big surge of fundraising to get it off the ground so we can start offering services to families. When we are up and running we will also need continual fundraising support to have means to support those who desperately need our help.
Thank you for reading this story and thank you for any support you can provide. Every family we help will be in Tom's name. That's how we're building his legacy and making him a legend. Legends never die #TTOTHEB.
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Oct 1, 2017
Well done Mike
Sep 30, 2017
Well done Mike!
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Sep 21, 2017
Well done Mike in your cycling effort. Great charity. Keep on pedalling 🚴♀️🚴♀️ Xx
Sep 18, 2017
Well done Steve.
Sep 18, 2017
Well Done Mike happy cycling :)
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