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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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  • Alison Wright2 months ago
    Alison Wright

    Alison Wright

    2 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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Page last updated on: 7/5/2020 11.06

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52

  • Lotti & Dave xx

    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.

    £25.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 4, 2020

    You were a great friend, may you rest in peace.

    £30.00

  • Alison Wright

    Alison Wright

    Jul 3, 2020

    You are already greatly missed.

    £45.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 23, 2020

    Hope this helps just a little x

    £10.00

  • Ian and Jean Mason

    Ian and Jean Mason

    Jun 23, 2020

    £10.00

  • Becki Ralph

    Becki Ralph

    Jun 23, 2020

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 22, 2020

    A lovely gentleman. RIP

    £10.00

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Alison Wright

Alison Wright

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.

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