By Chris Elliott…
Thursday evening the 24th May I received the very sad news that a dear friend, Terry Carter, the founder of the 112 Emergency Service Volunteers in North Cyprus had passed away at 18.30pm in the UK after a short battle with cancer.
It was only a few weeks ago when I was speaking to Terry and he bravely told me he had been diagnosed with cancer and had about a month to live and we talked about many things we had done together.
What can you say on these occasions and thereafter but to remember the good times you had shared together and in Terry’s case his memory and passing will reach out to many hundreds if not thousands of people who would have met him and even been thankful for his mission to help others.
We had published his account when he led the Thames Valley Medical and Rescue trainers to Bodrum in Turkey after the massive earthquake in 1999 and he was invited back with his group and they trained in the region of 8,500 civilians, soldiers, civil defence workers and nurses from all over Turkey. This was the start of the Turkish 112.
Terry said “In 1996 I was given the Freedom of the City of Bodrum and I am honoured that there have only been 2 such awards in Turkish history”.
Following these events he was invited by founding President Rauf Denktaş to come to North Cyprus to look at helping create and train a similar emergency service which he did and you can read more of this by clicking here.
I would like to reach out to his wife Sheila and daughters Gillian and Sally and express my deepest sadness at Terry’s passing but know his memory will live in the hearts of so many people in Turkey, North Cyprus and around the world that met him.
Rest in Peace Terry and thank you for everything.