Meeting in Bury to try to start UK version of Dutch last wishes ambulance charity
A fledgling charity that hopes to grant dying people’s last wishes is seeking its first UK beneficiary.
The Ambulance Wish Foundation UK is based on a Dutch charity begun in 2007 by ambulance driver Kees Veldboer,
He started it after an ambulance delay for cancer patient Mario Steffanutto led to Kees asking what he would like to do whilst waiting. Mr. Stefanutto, a former sailor, asked if he could be taken to the Vlaardingen canal so that he could say one last goodbye to the sea.
Kees met would-be UK volunteers in Bury St Edmunds to talk to them about setting up a similar charity here.
Bury paramedic Alice Berill said: “We had a good turn out from members of the East of England Ambulance Service and a representative from St Nicholas Hospice, Gayle Jenkins, a hospice nurse, who was very enthusiastic about the service offered.
“We also had a number of volunteers who saw the article in the BFP.
“We are looking for the first person in the UK to have their final wish granted by the foundation. Kees has kindly agreed to bring the vehicle over from Rotterdam in order to do this.”
The UK charity has a funding website at www.gofundme.com
It also has a Facebook page or contact Alice on 07788 547570.