(Above, current Bishop Auckland chairman, Steve Coulthard, hands over the cheque to former chairman, Richard Tremewan)
Earlier this year, in late-February, former Bishop Auckland chairman, Richard Tremewan, suffered a debilitating, left haemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) which affected one side of his body.
During the 2019 pre-season, the two clubs in which Richard has been most connected, Bishop Auckland and Willington, held a ‘fundraiser’ pre-season friendly in his name RAISING AN IMPRESSIVE £2350.
Initially raising over £1500 on the night, the Two Blues emerging with a 4-1 victory in the game, goals coming from Tevan Tyrell, Jamie Tumilty, Kyle Fryatt (penalty) and Michael Hoganson, Vinny Gash with the reply from Willington, further funds have been added over the subsequent weeks between the game, and the final amount being afforded.
Bishop Auckland chairman, and lifelong friend, Steve Coulthard, said: “I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friend of 40 years Richard recently to present him with a cheque for £2350 on behalf of the directors and supporters of both Bishop Auckland and Willington football clubs.
“It was great to see him looking well and he’s making progress in what will be a very long and slow process of recovery.
“I am hoping this offering helps with Richard’s recovery in some way and is the least we can all do for a fantastic chairman, supporter and worker.”
For Richard’s family, his partner Andre Bennett, parents Valerie and Brian, , this, and other funds raised over the past eight months have come as a welcome, albeit unexpected relief.
In the immediate aftermath of suffering the stroke Richard underwent a craniotomy at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital, somewhere that, for one who has been incredibly active, football-loving, family man, has had to call home since that day.
They say every cloud and all that and for Richard, although coming home is not quite possible just yet – he does come home on weekends, bossing people about in a way only he can, he will soon be starting further treatment, treatment with which the funds raised will help towards.
Andre stated: “There’s still a lot to do before Richard comes home full time, including looking at home adaptations.
“Initially, during his weekend visits, Richard will have private sessions of physio and speech and language therapy, requiring specialist therapists, the money raised will help incredibly towards this and will allow us to have interventions both Saturday and Sunday which will be beneficial to Richard’s recovery.
“Once home we can look to increasing these sessions to maximise his potential.
“We’re just taking each day as it comes though as we know this could take a while for Richard to reach his goals but with the specialist interventions and his determination he will make good progress.
“Richard and I are hugely grateful for the support, prayers, good wishes that have been shown from Bishop Auckland, Willington and all the Northern League club supporters, whilst the money will make a huge difference, allowing extra rehabilitation its the well wishes, love and support that drives Richard’s motivation to succeed in his journey of recovery, we are humbled by this community spirit.
“Richard will always have fond memories of his football days and is looking forward to returning in the future.”
Val, Richard’s mother meanwhile, has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support her son, and the Tremewan family as a whole have received.
“We’ve been very touched, and pleased, by what everyone has done,” she added.
“This has been a lovely gesture from both football clubs, and I know how much he loves the people and club of Bishop Auckland.
“He’s always been a good lad, hard-working, strong, and really loved his football, so thank you, so much, from all of us, for all that you have done to aid my son in his recovery.”