Rainbow Trust Donation

The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity has received funds of £1,070.00 from a Police Flight Dog Handler based at RAF Coningsby, who raised the sponsorship money by running in the Sleaford Half Marathon on Sunday 20th February 2011.

Corporal Chris Hepple decided to raise funds for the charity when his friend’s nephew was diagnosed with a serious illness.

Cpl Hepple said: “Getting to know my friend’s nephew Luke Collins inspired me to raise funds for Rainbow Trust.” He added: “I know the whole family appreciate the tremendous support they received from the charity.”

Luke’s father, Mr Martin Collins said: “After Luke’s devastating diagnosis of visual pathway glioma, when he was just seven months old, we have received help from many charities, including the Rainbow Trust.” He added: “With the fundraising by Chris which we are really grateful for, this enables charities like the Rainbow Trust to continue their work by helping families in need.”

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Rainbow Trust’s Family

Support Workers join the family in their own home and are there to provide practical support. They are contactable 24 hours a day for families in crisis, from diagnosis, through treatment and even after bereavement. Rainbow relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and through the generosity of their supporters they are able to help around 1,000 families a year.

During a visit to Newcastle on Friday 11 March 2011 to see Luke Collins and his family, Cpl Hepple presented the money to Miss Lisa Corfield, Rainbow Trust Regional Fundraising Manager.

Miss Corfield said: “On behalf of the families we support, I would like to say a huge thank you to Chris. Without his support and that of the local community we simply could not help the families we do. The money Chris has raised from his marathon will pay for 8 day visits from a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker to help an exhausted parent cope with the demands of a sick child.”