@RevRichardColes from 80’s rock to Parish Vicar, and now …. a supporter of @charityoars

Yes it’s true what they say, Dachshunds are little creatures with a lot of energy built into tiny legs. Not too sure who actually did say that or whether anyone ever had (until now). As we knocked on the vicarage door, the sound of tiny feet running in excitement and barks (from rather low down) filled the outside air. As the door opened, a warmer welcome we had never received from canines and a vicar.

We had travelled to meet Richard Coles, one half of the 1908’s group the Communards. Since the 1980’s Richard has built a life as a Parish Vicar, and the people of Finedon are very lucky to have such a champion of all things community and caring.

We had asked Richard if he’d kindly support our campaign for Thrombosis UK and we’re pleased to say he agreed with such a passion. It’s always an interesting thing to meet and to discuss the journey that had taken me to travel around the country with two 8 foot wooden oars, but as we sat there chatting away, enjoying a very fine coffee (and the lovely E also partook of a bonbon…!) it was sad to hear how Thrombosis had raised it’s charming medical condition into the life of one of Richards’ old school teachers life. An innocuous knock on their leg, is all it took.

Talk did go onto his time with Bronski Beat and then the Communards, I fought with every fibre of my body not to start tapping my feet as I hummed the tune to Don’t Leave Me this Way (far too much goes on in my head sometimes and I have been known to start humming out loud when I truly believe the sound is still inside my head), I think Richard might have noticed, as he politely pointed out the gold disc on the wall…! lol…!!

The support of such iconic and popular personalities means a great deal to our campaign, on a selfish level it helps us reach a wider audience a lot faster and in a way that ensures every penny we raise goes to support those who have suffered from VTE, Pulmonary Embolism and DVT’s, it also goes further to help support those who have sadly lost loved ones because of the condition, and just as vital, every penny goes to developing a better understanding of the condition and the treatment of Blood Clots. I also believe that in the role that Richard now plays in his community, his understanding of Thrombosis UK and the work that Charity Oars are undertaking might well at some point help support, comfort or be the awareness of Thrombosis that can be passed on.

So from an 80’s toe tapping, awful dancing, dreadful singing, poorly attired fan, thank you so much for your time.

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