Colin Bateman-Jones works as a banker in the City; he is a passionate supporter of Freedom from Torture and recently explained his motivation behind his commitment to our work:
I first heard about Freedom from Torture on a beach in Vietnam in 1996 when I was on holiday. A couple I was travelling with were supporters of the organisation and spoke very highly about its work. As we were in a country which has experienced terrible atrocities in recent times it was an appropriate place to be introduced to a charity supporting victims of torture.
When I got back to the UK I contacted the charity and attended an open day, one of the speakers was a Kurdish woman who had fled from her home country and had been a client at Freedom from Torture for a long while before becoming a member of staff. Hearing her evocative story and how she had turned her horrific experiences into a resource to help her understand and support fellow survivors was truly inspiring and cemented my decision to become a supporter.
Since that time I have closely followed the progress of Freedom from Torture and have made the decision to continue my support of exiled and persecuted people by remembering the organisation in my will.
I hope that through my current and future support of Freedom from Torture I can show my commitment to helping those who have survived the worst to begin to see a more hopeful future.