Charity there for dads too

As any parent can vouch, having children is a rollercoaster ride.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 9:45 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:26 pm

I am a very proud father to four energetic girls. I’m incredibly lucky that my girls are all fit and healthy, although I know how helpless you can feel when one of them is hurting even in a relatively small way: a knocked head; a broken bone or an achy fever. The dad’s feel it too.

As Father’s Day approaches I find myself considering that unimaginable situation of having a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Not knowing if your child will ever get better, or knowing that they never will.

I am an immensely proud supporter of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, a charity that helps families caring for a seriously ill child. The charity provides emotional and practical support wherever and however it is needed.

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Fathers often feel a pressure to be the strong ones. Rainbow Trust can help by supporting every member of the family – even the ‘strong’ silent dads.

This Father’s Day please join me in supporting this charity and making a £3 donation by texting 70111 or visiting

Austin Healey,

Ex-England Rugby player and Rainbow Trust Ambassador