The Steve Bernard Foundation was first set up on February 6th 2006 after a tragic car accident that killed Stephen Bernard in November 2005. The accident happened on the A27 towards Chichester which also claimed the lives of two of Stevie’s university colleagues.
The foundation was set up in memory of Stevie B and after his friends and family started to receive donations shortly after his passing, it seemed only right to put these funds to what Steve loved best, sport.
“After the initial shock, we decided we had to do something in his name” Steve’s dad Tony told the Daily Echo.
“About 1,200 people turned up to his funeral and donated about £3,000. We knew we had to do something positive with it and it has gone on from there.”
The foundation is run entirely off of volunteers and since being formed in 2006, has raised more that £180,000.00 for sporting products based across Bournemouth, Dorset and the South Coast.
One of the fundraising events used to raise money for the foundation is the annual Fun Run. Every year around Stevie’s birthday on February 14th, a Fun Run is held in memory of Stevie. This event involves people of all ages running or walking 5K from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe Pier in fancy dress.
All proceeds made from entering the run, sponsors and donations on the day all go to local charities. The mayor’s charities will benefit from the event, with proceeds going to Wessex Cancer Trust, Diverse Abilities Plus, Coda Fiddle and Bournemouth Churches Housing Association.
Over all I think the foundation is doing an amazing job at keeping Stevie’s memory alive and raising money for something he was extremely passionate about. Keep up the good work guys!!