Weʼre raising £1,000 to purchase benches in memory of our dear friend Richard 'Costa' Ling who sadly passed away in May 2020.
- Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
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I first met Richard at the Sport Relief event held at the Community Centre in March 2016. Richard was there to walk a mile, then decided to make it 3 miles and bless him, he did complete it with the help of many local people, including the firefighters as we all took it in turns to walk a lap with him. That meeting made a significant impact on me, and we became firm friends that day.
Most of us will know Richard from his almost daily Costa visits which were all about socialising and being around people, young and not so young. At the same time, Sophie Tothill was a new mum with a baby and finding it hard to find activities she could enjoy in Holmes Chapel, and she had a brainwave - what about organising events where the older, more isolated people in our community could meet their younger counterparts? And that was how Bridge the Gap was started. Richard was an integral part of all our initial planning meetings and events. He supported everything we did, and for me, he was why I offered to volunteer.
There is no doubt that we will all miss Richard greatly. He was such a cheerful, positive, polite and well mannered gentleman who always had time to chat, and to listen and to learn. We would very much like to fundraise for a bench, and a children's bench in Richard’s memory to be installed by the Parish Council in the centre of the village, and ideally a vegetable planter as Richard loved the work of Home Grown, and was passionate about the environment . Please donate whatever you can.
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- 2 months ago
Alison Wright2 months ago
Tomorrow is the day we say goodbye to Richard, we are lining the route from 12.15. And the great news is we have already raised £420 towards a memorial bench for Richard. If you were thinking of donating, and haven't got round to it yet, please don't forget, and you can leave a tribute which I will be sharing with his family. See you all tomorrow, at a 2m distance of course.
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Lotti & Dave xx
Jul 5, 2020
Sleep tight, Richard, a shining example of kindness and generosity.We shall look forward to a coffee when your bench appears.
Jul 4, 2020
You were a great friend, may you rest in peace.
Jul 3, 2020
You are already greatly missed.
Jun 23, 2020
Hope this helps just a little x
Ian and Jean Mason
Jun 23, 2020
Jun 23, 2020
Jun 22, 2020
A lovely gentleman. RIP
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Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
I have been friends with Richard for 4 years, and have been involved with Bridge the Gap since it started in Holmes Chapel. In these challenging times, those friendships that have been made through BtG are as important as ever. I am passionate about creating lasting legacies.