We would like to take a moment to thank the following people for their enthusiasm and drive to help build the Don’t Lose Hope Charity.
Without the time, effort and dedication of these amazing volunteers, we could not offer the wide range of services and support we are currently able to. Unfortunately they are no longer with us, but will remain an integral part of the Don’t Lose Hope story and we are truly thankful for their unique input and the impact that each and every one of them made.
We are proud that their family and friends remain within the Don’t Lose Hope team to be able to continue their work.
Vice Chair of Trustees.
Chief washer upper volunteer and regularly kept us in Eccles Cakes during the initial building phase. A vital cog in our development phase and sorely missed.
Tony, our Garden Guru.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Tony was a founder member of the Garden Gang. He would have loved the Man Shed and would have shared his skills and stories with all involved.
John was a regular in the cafe and was always ready for a chat over lunch. He was a catalyst for many of the initial plans within the cafe and it was great to see him during our Christmas Day events chatting and sharing his love of Peterborough United.
Full of fun, Laughter and Smiles.
Jon started volunteering at the cafe in October 2019. Sadly he passed away suddenly in December 2019.
Suffering with his own mental health, he was keen to support Don’t Lose Hope. He would have been so excited to have been involved in the expansion, and in particular the man shed.
He will be remembered for many things, especially his efforts fundraising with the round table – for a town he called home.
Edward Brister, (Eddy Bear), younger brother of Dom.
Only July 31st 2018, Edward went to sleep for the last time. With an undiagnosed heart condition, he passed away in his sleep leaving a huge hole in many peoples lives.
Ed never saw the charity buildings in their full glory but would have been a regular for sure.
Ed, and his larger than life hugs, positivity and support for all, live on through Eddy Bear, his namesake.
Derek S. Bontoft | Trustee
A true “yellow belly” … born in Louth, North Lincolnshire. I was educated at De Aston School, Market Rasen, and Culham College, Oxford Institute of Education. I came to teach in Bourne in 1964, was formerly Deputy Headteacher and completed 51 years of service within the one school (now Bourne Academy).
I married Joy (The Joy of Flowers) in 1968 and we have just celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We have two grown-up daughters.
I am an avid sports fan, President of Bourne Town Football Club, and a keen Freemason.