Lewis

Firstly can I thank you both once again. These past 6 months have been so tough.

I can honestly say I do not know what myself and my family would have done without you regarding bringing our beloved Lewis home to his family following his sudden and unexpected passing in Cambodia.

You made the hardest time of our lives so much less worrying by covering the expenses of something that we never thought would happen to a member of our family.

Thank you for providing this life changing help which is such a positive act following your own loss. We will be forever grateful.


Charlotte

On 30th October 2018, we found ourselves in the same life-shattering situation as Linda and Steve when we received the news that our daughter Charlotte had died suddenly after arriving in Dubai.

We felt like we were running around in circles for the first few days trying to contact the authorities in Dubai and finding that no one wanted to speak to us.

It’s not a situation that you ever think that you will have to deal with and we were clueless as to what we needed to do.  We were so lucky that Charlotte’s friend lives in Dubai and she did so much running around for us meaning we didn’t need to travel to Dubai but then we were faced with the massive cost of actually bringing Charlotte home.  Again Charlotte’s friends came to the rescue with information about REST.  I contacted Linda and she rang and told us that they would pay to bring Charlotte home.  I can’t even describe the weight that was lifted off our shoulders at that moment.

Linda later told us that Charlotte was the first person that the Charity had helped bring home.  That must have been so hard for her so soon after losing her son Tom especially as Charlotte and Tom were the same age and had both passed in Dubai.  You would never have known though as Linda was so professional which made such a difficult situation to deal with so much easier.

We are so grateful that this Charity exists and that such wonderful people run it.  Thank you again, Linda and Steve.


Robert

When the country was going into lockdown due to the Coronavirus, and the world had become a scary place, we lost contact with Robert.

 

Robert was my husband’s twin brother. Aged 52 and teaching English in turkey. He lived by himself, was independent, and traveled a lot with his work, but he sent messages to his elderly mum daily. 

So on the 17th of March, Robert messaged his mum to say Turkey was going into lockdown, things were moving fast, and the school he taught at was closing. We too were facing uncertain times here in the UK. That was the last message Rob sent. 

Fast forward 10 days, lots of unanswered messages, missed calls and letters of concern, my mother in law received the devastating news over the telephone by the British police, that Rob had been found dead at his flat in Turkey. 

The world was in lockdown, leaving the country was not an option and so our difficult task was set. We were great-full to the embassy for their support and guidance, but we knew that we had to get Robert home to put him to rest. 

Money was always on our minds. Robert didn't have insurance. He didn't lead a fancy lifestyle. He earned his money and spent it on living, traveling, and his passion for tennis. We were now faced with the grief, the stress, and the uncertainty of where he was or what would happen to him. Then a friend of mine sent me a link to the government website that gave advice and support on how to manage with death abroad.

This is where I discovered REST.

I sent a simple and brief email that evening, and within an hour they made contact.  Steve and his wife Linda listened to our grief, they weren't judgmental, there were no awkward form filling, they just listened, sympathised and told us straight away that the charity would cover the whole cost of the repatriation!

Our world suddenly felt lighter. There were many more tears shed that evening, but tears of relief. The process was so simple in the messy world we were caught up in at that point. We simply gave the funeral directors the contact for REST, and they did the rest. 

Robert has since been returned to Wales. We had a small cremation here with just 5 of us present. We will have a bigger celebration of Roberts’s life with friends and family when restrictions are lifted. We still have no idea of how Robert died or answers to our hundreds of questions regarding his death.  There have been autopsies performed in both countries, so we hope to get answers soon.

So we would like to say thank you to this wonderful charity for helping us through this difficult and sad time, and helping us return our loved one to rest in peace home here in Wales.

We are eternally grateful to Steve and Linda, and all at REST, for their dedication to helping so many others like us. 


Ride4Rest 2020

Join us on our REST cycle ride - May 2020

Fancy a new challenge? Need an excuse to get out on your bike?  Take part in Ride4REST 2020.

Taking place 2nd - 3rd May, we'll be cycling up from Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons and camping overnight before cycling back again (estimated 110 miles in total).

Whether you're an avid cyclist or you're ready for a new challenge, we would love for you to join us! This is your chance to get outdoors, cycle through the picturesque Brecon Beacons and enjoy a post-cycle BBQ with a few beers - all whilst raising money for a good cause.

We're limited to 50 cyclists and it's first-come, first-serve so if you're interested please do get in touch as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Please note, there is a £50 entry fee and an objective to fundraise £200.

All money raised from Ride4REST will go to The Repatriation Services Trust (REST). We provide aid and support to families dealing with the sudden death of a loved one abroad.

If you have any questions or would like to join us, please email: info@repatriationservicestrust.org.