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.