INSUPPORTOF-GIF-200On the 4th July 2010 unarmed Roads Traffic Police constable (Tango 190) David Rathband was sat in his vehicle on a roundabout in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Ongoing was what turned out to be one of Britain's biggest man hunts for fugitive Raoul Moat who had already shot and killed Chris Brown and shot and injured Samantha Stobbart, his ex girlfriend.

What David Rathband did not know at this time was he was about to become Raoul Moats next victim.

David was shot twice in the face with a sawn off shotgun leaving him bleeding and in a critical condition. Luckily for David a passing Ambulance noticed something wasn't right and came to assist David. David spent several weeks in hospital follow the incident and was told that he was blind and would never see again.

Whist in hospital David realised that costs where mounting up for his family visiting him, daily car parking fees came to around 300 for the time David spent in hospital. David was lucky and could manage to afford to pay the fees, but realised others may not be so fortunate. This is when David realised there was a short fall in help provided to members of the three main 999 emergency services in the UK, David's vision was to create a charity like no other to help those emergency service members in their time of need.

PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation was born.

The foundation assists members of the Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Service who have been criminally injured in the line of duty.

Sadly David's injuries became too much for him to bare and he sadly took his own life on 29th February 2012.

Since David's death, Peter Sweeney has acted as the foundations Chairperson, assisted by members from all of the three Emergency services as well as others from professional roles.

PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundations team consists of:



Peter Sweeney

Peter Sweeney A Chartered Management Accountant, has spent all of the 36 years of his working life in the Civil Service and has extensive experience of working at Board level in Charities and in the Public Sector.


Ashley Rathband

Ashley Rathband is the eldest of two children of David and Katherine Rathband. He is currently studying to obtain his Bachelors degree in International Business Management at Northumbria Univeristy. Since the charity was started in July 2010, Ashley has been actively involved in controlling it's IT services, offering general support to the public and to colleagues as well as representing the charity at functions and events.




Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is 41 and lives in Staffordshire with his two sons, Tom, 16 and Josh, 14. He has spent his career in banking and private equity, recently leaving his role of International Managing Director at LDC responsible for Asia. He has founded sports agency - Rush Sports Marketing and Investment and is the CEO of Park House Management Advisors, a consultancy assisting businesses with growth in Asia. Paul has been part of a team at LDC that has raised 1.2m for various charities in the last 5 years. He has taken part in events such as the London, Hong Kong and Cambodia marathons.


David Allsopp

David Allsopp is 43, married to Barbara and has two children. A former welder, he then changed his career and became a firefighter in 1993. He is currently working as a full time firefighter for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, and as a retained firefighter for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. David is a trained fire appliance driver and holds other specialist skills within his Fire Service role, on a local and national level. He is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and, having trained for 20 years, enjoys teaching students of all abilities within his Cramlington Shotokan Karate Club.




Colin Washington

Colin Washington is 50 years old, widowed with two children Rachael and Nathan. He has worked for Procter & Gamble for 25 years in various engineering and manufacturing roles at several locations including Budapest, Hungary. Colin is currently an operations manager at the Seaton Delaval manufacturing site. He is a qualified scuba diver and enjoys diving with the kids whilst on vacation in warm water!


Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson is 31 years old and married to Craig. She has been a qualified Solicitor since 2005 and has worked for Irwin Mitchell LLP since qualification. Helen’s specialist area of law is assisting individuals of have sustained serious injuries. She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is accredited as a Senior Litigator. Helen is also a member of the North of England Medico-Legal Society.




Steve Bridge

Steve Bridge is 43 and lives with his fiance Denise in Newcastle. He is an Emergency Care Support Worker, working on the front line alongside Paramedics and Technicians for North East Ambulance Service. Steve started off as a Volunteer Coummunity First Responder/Co-ordinator before joining the Ambulance Service full time, serving 5 years as a Patient Transport Care Assistant and finally joining the Accident & Emergency side as an Urgent Care Assistant. Steve has done many volunteer roles in the past including being a Rescue Swimmer and Search & Rescue Officer.



Tunnel 2 Towers contacted PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation to offer their support and to kindly offer the foundation charity places in their event.

Why  not join our runners on the day? either by taking part in the event or by turning up on the day to show your support to Tunnel 2 Towers and PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation.

On the day we will have a merchant stall selling PC David Rathband Blue Lamp merchandise.

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