The Robert Bentley Memorial Fund


Robert Bentley

Born 12 August 1995, ended his own life on 28 April 2017
21 years, 8 months, 17 days

The aim of the fund is to remove the barriers to seeking help, real or imaginary, for young people at risk of suicide.

Originally the aim was to subsidise private counselling for young people that were unable to commence or continue therapy due to financial hardship. Unfortunately, the fund came across obstacles that have made achieving this goal very difficult. Further work needs to be done to satisfy all legal requirements for patient confidentiality, fraud prevention, financial and charity regulations. Until the fund has developed a process that can fully comply with UK law, all funds raised will be spent with charities that have a similar aims. The first of which is PAPYRUS, a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Robert's funeral was on 19th May 2017. The band 'Linkin Park' released their album 'One More Light' the same day. I am sure that the title track will have meaning to everyone that loved Robert. You can listen to this song on YouTube

Should've stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can't keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders, pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need, oh
And you're angry, and you should be, it's not fair
Just 'cause you can't see it, doesn't mean it, isn't there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do...

News

4 June 2018, 11:19
The total donated so far is £1133.97 Thank you for your donation.

4 June 2018
Update from Vincent Bentley, Robert's father
I have found that confidentiality and fraud prevention laws don't fit well together when it comes to payments. At this point in time I am unable to find a suitable process for subsidising private counselling that can comply with all legal requirements. Until this problem can be resolved, the fund will purchase services from PAPYRUS specifically in the communities that Robert was a member of.