185 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 498 supporters
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PC David Rathband

Blue Lamp Foundation Virgin London Marathon Team

Fundraising for Blue Lamp Foundation

185 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 498 supporters
  • Team members: PC David Rathband,PC Gareth Rees,Robin Palmer,Steve White
  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2011, 17 Apr 2011

Blue Lamp Foundation

We provide financial support to injured emergency services heroes


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 4th 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 1st 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.


  • Team Blue Lamp
  • Crossing the finish line
  • Robin Palmer, Gareth's guide +2