I feel terrible for what happened to Ben & Catherine & would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to the two families. Nearly 8 years ago my wife & I were involved in a similar incident in Barbados but we managed to survive it. The terrible events in Antigua brought all this back home to us. If there is anything I can do to help, please get in touch.
I served with Ben in Hermitage when he was in the Army he was a great friend; he was the kind of friend that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. I have never met Ben’s Family or Catherine’s and our thoughts go out to you.
Ben was well-loved and he had done so many things on earth and I’m sure he’ll do much more in heaven. I will forever be grateful to have known Ben. All the memories I have shared with him will forever be cherished and remembered. Ben will forever live in my heart.
Feel no guilt in laughter
They know how much you care
Feel no sorrow in a smile
That they’re not here to share
You cannot grieve forever
They would not want you to
They’d hope that you would carry on
The way you always do
So, talk about the good times
And the ways you showed you cared
The days you spend together
All the happiness you shared
Let memories surround you
A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture
A time, an hour a day
That brings them back as clearly
As though they were still here
And fill you with the feelings
That they are always near.
This is one of the saddest stories and it has affected my greatly. A loss of two such young people who loved each other so much, were at the happiest time in their lives and so much to give to the world in their careers. I cannot imagine how the families can deal with their losses, but of course will get through it by thinking of the happy times. This fund is a great idea and I will be donating. I have been married to my darling husband for nine years and make the most of each day now as if it is the last as who knows that is around the corner, the only blessing in a way is that Ben and Cath were taken away together and they didnt have to suffer the loss of each other.
I keep remembering the way my husband & I felt on our return from our honeymoon, the joy we got from reliving the day in the photos and reading the cards from all our family and friends – this is what reduces me to tears every time I think of Ben & Cath, some lowlife decided that their needs were greater and deprived them of all of that and their future. May they find those responsible and prevent them from doing this again. May you find peace in the thought that they are together & accept our sincere condolences to all who knew them.
Losing a son or daughter is the worst thing that can happen to a parent. Years on (for me), little unexpected things bring back memories and comfort, like hearing someone else who sees the beauty of the W B Yeats poem “He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven” which I read at my son’s funeral nearly nine years ago. I hope you too find such unexpected comforts and can treasure your happy memories of Cath and Ben.
What a beautiful logo you have on this site, I had to comment on how beautiful it is.
I’m so sorry for your loss but my heart goes out to you thinking of others during this time, and I’m sure through the future generations of medics that may benefit from your fund, Cath & Ben’s memories will be eternal.
I have just read the latest article on the BBC website and I just wanted the chance to offer my sincerest condolences to the families of Ben and Catherine. The photograph at the top of this page reminds me so much of one of my honeymoon pictures. I remember how happy that holiday was, we were both so full of new beginnings and expectancy as to what the future may hold. It saddens me deeply to think that Ben and Catherine’s life together was cut short so tragically and pointlessly. I only hope that perhaps through all the dark days there is some small light of comfort that they are together now. For the rest of us here, we just need to live life to the full – none of us know what fate lies round the corner.
Cath and Ben would be proud to see what you have achieved in their absence. I cannot begin to understand how you must feel in the wake of this event. Your courage is astounding and I wish you all the best. May this fund ensure that the wonderful memories of these two people continue.
A deeply tragic waste of two young peoples lives. I am a newly wed and i just couldnt believe what happened when i heard the news. My thoughs and prayers are with all the family and friends of Cath and Ben . God bless you.
I photographed a wedding held the same day as Catherine and Ben’s wedding. The young couple’s love for each other shone and I remember being so happy for them as they started off on their path of married life.
I am so saddened that Catherine and Ben endured such a needless, shocking tragedy and their path of married life is now ended.
God Bless them and give strength and courage to their friends and family.
What has happened is beyond my understanding and I can only offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to your families. The fund is a wonderful idea and I hope it will help to fulfil the dreams of other young people who will be inspired by Ben and Catherine.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Two beautifull lifes lost in such a tragic event…
This Fund demonstrates how they were well loved and how their families wish that their memories prevail.
Courage and strength in this very hard moment…
Always keep them in your hearts and they will live through you.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve. May God give you strength, peace and forgiveness in your loss. I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that others are praying for and grieving with you.
As a newly-wed I feel deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life. This was not the way their lives should have been, they should be planning for the long future ahead of them. I was married the day before Ben and Cath and cannot believe that they will never see their wedding photos or return from their honeymoon all smiles as they should have done. My thoughts are with you.
Just to say I have some nice friends in Rhigos, Neath. They are none other than the POPE family, like Michael and Maureen Pope, Peter Pope and lots of guys down the Rhigos Pub. My heart sank even though I don’t know about this lovely couple but then I have lots of friends in Rhigos, which makes me so sad and this couple happen to be Welsh. Cymru is so close to my heart and so are my Welsh friends. Once again my sympathy to their families for the loses.
Didn’t know either of them, but appalled by this awful waste of life of two very beautiful and talented people. I am so sad that the world has most probably seen their wedding pictures that they may never have viewed themselves. RIP Cath and Ben and much love and condolances to your families xx
To the families of Ben and Catherine, you don’t know us and we don’t know you, but my husband and I just wanted you to know that you have all been in our thoughts since we heard the devastating news.
We got married on the 19th July this year and to see the wedding pictures of Ben and Catherine so close to our wedding made it so real and so sad. The only consolation is that they are both together and at peace.
God bless you all.
Cath, we grew up in the same village. Ben, we were in school together. You must have made a lovely couple. Your future home was behind my parents house in Rhos. I’m sad you’ll never get the chance to enjoy it. I will never enter my parents street without a thought of you both. You’re together again and in love. Rest in Peace. Clare & Family xx
I have many lovely memories of time at medical school with Cath and can’t believe she’s really gone. Tim and I send our deepest sympathies to Cath and Ben’s families. Hoepfully this fund can help others achieve as much as Cath and Ben did.
I wish the fund well as it aspires to help others contribute to society in memory of Cath and Ben. This was a senselsss and mindless act of violence that defies belief, the sorrow and desperation bought to two lovely families. Stay strong in the knowledge that Cath and Ben must have had a wonderful time together and that people all over the world were horrifed and sickened by their murder. Please stay strong for each other.
We were extremely saddened to hear the news and our heartfelt thoughts are with Cath and Ben, as well as with you all. Such a sad and wasteful act of others without understanding the pain they have caused. May you both rest in peace together and be happy in your new life.
I would just like to add my condolences to those already given at what can only be seen as a brutal atrosicity in ending two beautiful lives; of which stood every great future success.
I am a native Welsh, living, working and studying in London. Both Cath and Ben were only miles from where I live, and of course, for anyone custom to Welsh culture, it hit hard the fact that someone close in the community had been affected.
Whether for reasons of my profession, or welsh connection or simple human nature; I have been touched by the events that were discovered and unfolding to Cath and Bens passing.
May both families live proud in the fact both were happy, successful, and valued and will be solely missed by all.
I cant begin to tell you how sad i feel for you all, i didn’t know Cath as well as you, only through school, but when something like this happens to somebody you know, I can’t put my feelings into words, I just feel so awful for you all and think this website is a very positive thing that will help others. x
A truly catastrophic waste of life, my sincere condolences to both the families concerned. I had attended a wedding but only a day before the Mullany’s wedding in Swansea and following my close friends return from their honeymoon I was devastated to hear their unfortunate loss. To two people and two faces I may never had know nor have the opportunity to meet in the future, may you both rest in peace together for eternity.
I’m from Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia. I also have friends from Neath, South Wales, a beautiful country that I fell in love and visited twice. Cymru, I will see you again. Ya, such a sad day for Ben and Cath. How can such a nice couple’s lives be ended in such a way? I pray that their soul rest in peace and the murderers be bought to justice at the soonest. Heartfelt sympathy to the familys and friends of this nice couple.Indeed it was a GREAT LOSS.
I worked with Cath when she was a doctor on my ward. She was a lovely person, kind and caring. It is too sad to think that she is no longer here. I hope that Cath and Ben are in a better place together forever. Rest in peace xx
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at the length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone on my side says: “There she is gone!”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destination port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone on my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and the other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
My thoughts are will all of the family members. God Bless you all. Pam (USA, KY)
We give them back to you unwillingly, dear Lord, who gave them to us.
But we do not lose them in giving, only our sight has gone they are with us in our hearts forever, so we have not lost them by their return.
May they rest in peace and rise in Glory. Amen