WHO IS BEDER?
Beder is a new charity raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention through exciting, unique and inspiring initiatives.
Beder intends to increase understanding and reduce fear around the topics of mental health and suicide in order to conquer the stigma surrounding these incredibly important, yet underestimated, issues.
Beder will reach young, diverse and engaged audiences through a range of exciting partnerships and initiatives that will incorporate educational, wellness and recreational activities.
Beder has partnered with YoungMinds, a leading mental health charity, and Samaritans, an established and highly respected charity, working across UK and Ireland focused on reducing suicide.
The aims of these partnerships are to harness the specialist knowledge of YoungMinds and Samaritans, as well as promote and further both charities incredible work in order to conquer the stigma and underestimation of these incredibly important issues.
YoungMinds and Samaritans are delighted to work with Beder as both charities recognise that Beder is taking a unique approach to raising awareness and funding to support these key issues and those close to Beder’s heart.
Beder was a giant of young man, with a witty sense of humour and infectious laugh, who was gentle, caring, polite and kind natured. He was incredibly intelligent, hard working and in love with anything related to aircraft, flying, computers and watches, amongst other things.
Beder was always surrounded by love and due to start university with a bright future ahead of him. However, he took the unexpected decision to take his own life at the age of 18 in April 2017.
We will never know the exact reasons for his decision, which makes coming to terms with his choice incredibly hard to process for those fortunate enough to cross paths with him. However, we hope that Beder is in peace and free from the dark thoughts that clouded his frame of mind.
Everyone who had the chance to meet Beder will have memories, experiences and anecdotes to cherish and find their own ways of remembering their time with him to keep his memory alive.
As a family, we have taken the collective decision to start a charity in his name, Beder. Whilst we understand that is not possible to re-write history and have him with us today, we believe there is a silver lining that can be found from our darkest days.
Beder, as a charity, will work to increase awareness around mental health and suicide prevention in order to reduce the number of people suffering in silence and feeling that taking their own life is the only option.
With a keen belief in the power of charity and practical work experience, Razzak is committed to conquering the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide whilst providing opportunities to inspire young people.
Chairman and Trustee
Yahya oversees all activities undertaken by Beder to ensure they reflect Beder's values and promote our purposes. Yahya is also the key contact for any corporate partnerships following decades of experience at the helm of various businesses, including a leading specialist stonework company based in London.
Personable and detail-oriented, Farah is a favourite with both our partners and supporters. You are likely to find her at most of our events, especially our wellness initiatives!
Trustee - Education
Fiona brings a wealth of educational knowledge and experience into her role as a Beder trustee. Fiona is the Deputy Pastoral Master at Dulwich College which requires her to undertake the direct and daily responsibility for monitoring the wellbeing of all pupils.
Trustee - Commercial
Nic brings a vast amount of commercial experience and foresight onboard as a Beder trustee. Nic is a specialist sports business lawyer who featured in The Times “Top Ten Sports Lawyers” list. He founded a specialist sports law firm, Couchmans LLP and co-founded numerous other businesses including the sports networking club, the 6pm Club. Nic was also on the steering group of Sports Relief.
Trustee - Charity
Amira brings an invaluable understanding of charities, as a non-governmental organisation specialist, to her role as a Beder trustee. She is also a woman of many talents having founded a social enterprise, Ballare, that sells women's shoes and donates 50% of its profits to support UNWRA's educational programs whilst currently studying for an MBA around social impact and not-for-profit.