Silver Cross of St. Ge­orge: Richard Meyer

This England - - Contents - Peter Wors­ley

Cancer

is a nasty ill­ness and af­fects al­most ev­ery fam­ily in the coun­try at some stage. When Richard Meyer’s daugh­ter, Kather­ine, died in March 2012 at the age of only 41, he de­cided to do some­thing pos­i­tive to help other suf­fer­ers and set up the Cock­adoo­dledo Trust — with em­pha­sis on the let­ters “DO”.

The ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate a greater aware­ness of the won­der­ful work car­ried out by around 230 hos­pices in the United King­dom and to raise funds to help off­set the £800 mil­lion that it costs to run them an­nu­ally, 70 per cent of which comes from pri­vate do­na­tions. Amaz­ingly, the num­ber of hospice vol­un­teers is more than 125,000.

The trust op­er­ates a char­ity gar­den in a se­cluded wood­land glade by the Cotswold Hills in ru­ral Glouces­ter­shire, home to a num­ber of rare poul­try breeds housed in a copy of the Prince of Wales’s chicken house at nearby High­grove. Not only does the gar­den raise funds through char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties and artis­tic re­treats, but is also avail­able as a place of re­flec­tion for those who knew Kather­ine (pic­tured with her fa­ther) or for any­one else to re­mem­ber a close rel­a­tive or friend who also suc­cumbed to cancer.

Kather­ine loved chick­ens and gar­den­ing, and be­fore she died spent some time in St. Peter’s Hospice, Bris­tol, which caters for pa­tients from a wide area, its main aim, like all hos­pices, be­ing to im­prove their qual­ity of life. Last year they cared for more than 2,000 pa­tients and 6,000 fam­ily mem­bers, of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual and spe­cific care to all. They were so good that Kather­ine de­scribed it as a five star ho­tel!

As a re­sponse, Richard cre­ated the TEN for TEN Cam­paign in which he ap­pealed for ten mil­lion­aires to do­nate £1 mil­lion each, or for one mil­lion mem­bers of the pub­lic to do­nate £10 each. The ad­dress is Katharine’s Farm, Swin­hay, Wot­ton-un­der-edge, GL12 7PH. The web­site is www.cock­adoo­dledo.org.uk and the email is info@cock­adoo­dledo.org.uk Also, any­one can text Hens 10 £10 to 70070. Well done Richard and all your fam­ily. We take great pleasure in award­ing you our Silver Cross of St. Ge­orge and wish you well as you con­tinue to raise funds to sup­port the vi­tal work of more than 200 hos­pices across the coun­try.

Do you know some­one who, be­cause of their ded­i­ca­tion, sac­ri­fice, ser­vice and de­vo­tion to duty de­serves our award? If so, please send de­tails to Silver Cross of St. Ge­orge, This Eng­land, The Lyp­i­atts, Lans­down Road, Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter­shire GL50 2JA.

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