The Manchester Evening News has covered Sunday’s amazing ‘Ride of Respect’ for Lee Rigby.
Click on the image to be taken directly to their excellent article – many thanks.
As we approach the 4th anniversary of Lee’s death, the Lee Rigby Foundation wishes to place on record its thanks to Rigby’s Guardians President and Founder Gavin Vitler for his tireless volunteering which has ensured that Lee is never forgotten.
On the 29th May 2013 and on hearing the terrible news about Lee’s death Gavin realised that the community wanted to do something in Lees memory, to grieve and to pay their respects.
Gavin said “Lee was a local lad from my home town and someone I knew. I wanted to do something to show the family that as a community we cared and that we would never forget Lee. We set off from Rochdale Town hall with over 200 bikers to the Memorial Gardens for a service which was attended by hundreds of people from all over the Country. The community just came together and provided some strength to the family at what was an extremely difficult time.”
Gavin did the same again for Lee’s funeral, and each year he organises the ride on the anniversary of Lee’s death, and numerous other charity fund raising events including a charity fun day. More recently this has developed into a Charity weekender. This attracts hundreds of people who remember and honour Lee and pay their respects to Lyn and Ian Rigby and their family.
Rigby’s Guardians has grown and it has three branches Middleton, Scotland, and Yorkshire.
In 2014 Gavin was presented with an award for his work by the Leader of the Council Colin Lambert and the Deputy Chief Executive Linda Fisher.
Today Gavin was ordained prior to the Guardians setting off from the Town hall, and the Reverend Gavin Vitler plans to do more work for the Foundation.
What an amazing achievement and level of dedication by the President and Founder of Rigby’s Guardians, the Reverend Gavin Vitler.
On Sunday, 21st May 2017, the ‘Ride of Respect’ scooter riders will gather at Blackheath Tea Hut for 10:30 am, to leave at 11:00 am.
They will proceed to the Woolwich Ferry to join with more riders from Essex, the on to Woolwich to drive by the site of the Lee Rigby Memorial, and then on to the Anchor & Hope, Riverside, Charlton, SE7 7SS.
Later the same day, the Band of the Royal British Legion will lead a march of Veterans from outside the entrance of Woolwich Barracks at 1:00 pm, to the site of Lee’s loss for a service, then on to the Memorial site for the laying of flowers.
Some will then move on to The George pub for refreshments before dispersing.
The Lee Rigby Memorial Ride will be taking place this year on Monday 22nd May 2017.
Starting point will be the Royal Park at Greenwich SE10 8XJ.
The organisers are asking all Bikers to be there by 10.00 am at the latest, for a start off time of 11.00.
The Ride will be going past the Lee Rigby Memorial at Woolwich Barracks SE18 4BH, then on to the Merridian Sports and Social Club SE7 8QS were there will be refreshments before everyone disperses.
Lyn and Ian Rigby and Linda Fisher attended a meeting today at Moor Court, Oakamoor, Staffordshire, on the site of the Lee Rigby House and Lodge projects.
It was an immensely positive day, covering many different areas, from broad concepts to fine detail, in pursuit of delivering what’s needed for Armed Forces Families.
We’re making new connections all the time, and all of them are universally positive about our aims, and as a result, there’s a tremendous feeling of momentum being generated – we’re all ever-more optimistic for the future of the project.
Please keep an eye on Social Media for new developments – these are very exciting times for our Foundation!
Date and Time: 12:00 Noon on 21st May 2017
Location: The Town Hall, Rochdale
Picture Used with Kind Permission of Rochdale Online
The Ride Sets off at 12:00 Noon from Rochdale Town Hall, goes into Middleton, and then there’s a Parade to the Memorial Gardens for a Service at approximately 1:15 pm.
All are most welcome.
Our Foundation is delighted to have been joined by Linda Fisher as our Strategic Advisor.
Linda is a qualified solicitor, and has a wide range of high-level experience, including as a Chief Executive, with over 22 years experience of working within all tiers of Local Government at Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive level.
Linda says, “I have a particular passion for supporting Armed Forces Families and campaigning for better treatment and support.” This work led to an invitation to 10 Downing Street in 2014, and she was a Finalist in the Soldiering On Awards 2016, “Working Together” for Regional and National work carried out improving services and support for our Armed Forces Families, and she was also the Lead officer for Greater Manchester Council.
“I’m proud to have been appointed Strategic Advisor to the Lee Rigby oundation, working with Lyn Rigby, an inspirational lady who’s working hard to support Armed Forces Families.”
Linda’s already “moving and shaking” events, reaching out, raising our profile, and capably spreading the word about the Foundation’s great plans, and she’s a great addition to our team.