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Going Dutch in memory of midwife killed in car crash

26.10.2016
Angus Dykes, Soben Contract & Commercial , SP Energy Networks

SOBEN has helped marathon runner Angus Dykes raise money in memory of a midwife killed in a car crash.

We made a donation to Angus – a Quantity Surveyor for Soben currently supporting one of our key clients SP Energy Networks  – who, along with 34 other runners, this month marked the 10th anniversary of the death of mum-of-three Cecile Becks-Phelps.

Dutch-born Cecile, 46, who moved to Scotland and was employed by NHS Dumfries and Galloway Maternity Services, died when her car careered off a road and plunged down an embankment in 2006.

Angus (below) and his friends on the Born To Run team – set up by Cecile’s children to honour their mum – pounded the tarmac in the Amsterdam marathon on October 16, 2016, and raised more than £9,000.

Angus DykesAngus, who is based in south-west Scotland, said: “Thank you very much, Soben, for the donation. The money we raised was more than double the target we set out with.”

The distance covered by the runners was equivalent to the combined lengths of Scotland and Holland – 910 miles approximately.

The cash was raised for Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Endowment Fund, which is a charity of more than 240 funds for the benefit of patients and staff in the area. Each hospital and most wards, units, departments and speciality has its own individual fund, which is managed by senior staff working in that specific area and used to enhance patient care.

The money goes towards the purchase of equipment, patient comforts and amenities, research and training, together with the provision of extra facilities and opportunities not available from government funding.

At the time of her death, Cecile was described as a “wonderful and unique person” who gave “great commitment to her chosen profession and provided exemplary care”.

Soben Managing Director Scott Smyth said: “A social conscience and a generous spirit are attributes we value highly at Soben, and we are only too happy to have been able to help a good friend such as Angus raise money for what is a truly worthwhile cause.”