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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A community stalwart who campaigned for the rights of disabled people in Richmond for more than 30 years and founded a charity which champions independent living, was honoured at a tree planting ceremony




Richard Kember died last year.

At his tree-planting ceremony in Crane Park, the Ruils founder, who 'more than anything wanted society to change' and 'stop disabling disabled people', his friends, family and colleagues paid tribute to the life-long legacy he has left in Richmond.

Cathy Maker, Chief Executive of Ruils, a charity which supports disabled people who live in Richmond on an individual basis, and helps people to live independently and in their homes, described Richard as a 'humble man' who would 'never have allowed us to honour his work'.

"He could turn his hand to anything and had an incredible energy and determination," she said.

"This really came to play in his campaign work, whether it was waving placards demanding changes to services, sitting in advisory boards, committees and action groups - Richard loved to campaign.

More than anything he wanted society to change. He wanted society to stop disabling people. But equally he was frustrated by the way that some disabled people accepted the status quo."

Earlier this year Richard received a Posthumous award at the prestigious Community Awards, which is organised by Richmond Council to recognise unsung heroes who go the extra mile for the local community.
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