We were delighted to see this article in the Sunday Express on 8th January, spreading the word of our Retreats in Staffordshire.
This is the article as it appeared in the printed version of the newspaper.
There are so many details in refurbishing a house! Here at the Lee Rigby House, plumbers and electricians have been hard at work, all the floors are complete, as are the internal walls, and – as this picture shows – it would have been fully-glazed but for a SNAFU by the window company! They’ve re-measured, and we’ll have the bay window in 3 weeks…
Even on this brisk December morning, the view from the westerly sitting-room across the pasture is delightfully peaceful- – no horses in sight today, as they’re hovering around their feed, out of sight!
There’ll be some major milestones achieved in January, including all the inner plastering, second-fix plumbing and electrics,and – we hope – the kitchen – watch this space!
Date: Saturday, 18th March 2017
Location: ‘Old Trafford’ Football Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0RA.
The dinner is being held to raise funds for our refurbishment of the Lee Rigby House and Lodge buildings for bereaved families and Veterans, to give them an opportunity to “get away from it all”, find peace-of-mind, and begin to heal and re-build their lives.
The renovations to the Lee Rigby House are coming along well – it’s in the idyllic and peaceful Staffordshire Moorlands, and has been featured on BBC Midlands Today and Granada ITV News. The House will accommodate 2 families, and we have plans in place for the larger Lodge building for families and Veterans on the same peaceful estate. Full details of our work and its progress can be found here.
Included with the excellent 3-course Dinner will be FREE DRINKS while you have full access to the Manchester United Football Museum, an after-dinner speech by our Patron, renowned SAS Veteran Colin Maclachlan, there will be an auction for various items from a bottle of booze upwards, and we have a dazzling compère for the evening!
The Museum opens at 7:00 pm, dinner starts at approximately 8:30 pm.
Individual seats for the dinner cost £60.00 and can be bought by clicking on the ‘Buy Now!’ button above, and tables for 10 persons at the dinner are available for £600.00 each – you can change the quantity to 10 seats to buy a complete table.
Tickets must be bought in advance of the Dinner, and will be posted to your registered PayPal address.
If you’d like to pay by cheque, please send it with your name and address to: The Lee Rigby Foundation, Moor Court Hall, Farley Road, Oakamoor, Staffordshire, ST10 3BD. Your ticket will be posted out on clearance of your cheque.
If you would like further information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be a wonderful and extremely worthwhile evening, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Monday, 17 April 2017 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Location: AFC Portchester, The Blanchard Wells Stadium, Wicor Recreation Ground, Cranleigh Road, Fareham, Hants, PO16 9DP
This is an annual charity fund-raising football match, flagged-up on Facebook by friend of our Foundation, Gary Nicholl – here’s his post of 11th October:
“Another charity that will benefit from the 20th Anniversary 9 IN A ROW charity game is THE LEE RIGBY FOUNDATION. Lyn and Ian Rigby have given the go ahead for the charity to be included in this fundraising game. Rangers Legends v Portsmouth Legends will see both teams battle it out for the Lee Rigby Memorial Cup at Afc Portchester on Easter Monday 17.4.17.
Players already confirmed for Rangers are Andy Goram, John Brown, Mark Walters, Charlie Miller, Terry Butcher, Gordon Durie, Nigel Spackman, Marco Negri. Many more to be confirmed.
Get along and support this wonderful charity and show your support for his family. This is a new charity which needs all the funds it can get. Get behind this folks.“
Tickets are available in the AFC Portchester Shop
The Thames Path Challenge is part of the “Ultra Challenge” series, all of which are hugely popular and successful fund-raising events. Here’s the description from the webpage of the Thames Path challenge:
“More than 3,000 challengers will take on the main Thames Path Challenge following England’s greatest river – most will be walking, many will jog, some will be running, and all will have a special reason to push themselves. Our full 100km route heads upstream from Putney Bridge past Hampton Court to Runnymede of Magna Carta fame at 50km, then on past wonderful scenery all the way to Henley.
Which ever distance you choose, and however you take it on, your challenge will be a test of stamina & determination, you’ll be fully supported all the way, and rewarded with an amazing sense of achievement.”
This image of the Thames Path Challenge links directly to their website, where you can sign up – our Foundation is fully registered with Ultra Challenge, so if you fancy a challenge on this level, you can be sure that your valiant efforts will definitely benefit our work!
We’re delighted to say that some very good friends of our Foundation have already signed-up for the Thames Path Challenge – they’ve already raised a great deal of money for charity, and we’re sure that their immense commitment will bring them great success in this year’s challenge too – thank you so much, Aimee and Paul!
We hereby proudly announce the launch of an upgraded website, which now contains much more information about what we do, how things are going, who’s involved, and where we’re heading.
This website will continue to be expanded, with more information and more features, so please do keep checking back, and we’ll announce anything new on Facebook and Twitter.
Ultimately, we will have a much bigger website, which has been planned-out by the wonderful and talented people at Source Design, but for the moment, we’re putting all our funding towards developing our facilities. Our sincerest thanks go to Glenn and Sally and all at Source, for their inspiration and insight, and their incredible generosity as we find our way forward, and we’re looking forward to the day we can work with them on expanding things ever more.
At the end of October 2016, Granada ITV News came to the site of the Lee Rigby House to film a short feature.
Lyn and Ian came, and they brought Carol Valentine, the mother of a soldier from the same regiment as Lee who was lost in Afghanistan, and Murray Richards, a Veteran of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The ITV reporter, Amy Welch, and the camerman spent many hours here, filming both the Lee Rigby House and the Lee Rigby Lodge, but sadly, their segment was only allowed enough air-time to feature the House.
An interview with Murray Richards was also filmed, which couldn’t be fitted into the time available, during which he remarked upon how the House and Lodge would provide the perfect get-away for recovery from PTSD to begin. “I found that just getting a good night’s sleep was impossible, but it is an essential first step towards recovering, and this place is just perfect – it’s going to be of immense value to the veterans and families who come here.”
Here’s the video: