A LEADING light in the NHS and charity fundraiser has died after falling 50-60 feet into a river while walking in Cumbria.
William Bingley (above) of Caton, near Lancaster, slipped from a path at Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, on Sunday at about 12.20pm, plunged into the water below and suffered a serious head injury.
Mr Bingley, 61, was winched from the water by an RAF helicopter but was dead on arrival at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
He recently quit as chair of the North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust wanting to spend more time running his charity the Abaseen Foundation alongside his wife Helen.
The charity raises money for the health and education of people in Pakistan.
Mr Bingley, a trained lawyer, was also director of his own consultancy firm, Bingley Consulting Ltd, which provides advice to public authorities. He was an expert in mental health, human rights and equality and diversity.
His previous roles included chief executive of the mental health act commission (1990-2000) and professor of mental health, law and ethics at the University of Central Lancashire (2000-2004).
Mr Bingley was also member of a committee appointed by the Government to review the Mental Health Act in 1999.