Our thanks to everyone who helped us through one of the darkest periods of our lives following the sudden tragic loss of our son Ricky Nugent, who died on the 29th September 2009 aged 16 years.
As you may know Ricky was a team member of West Leeds ARLFC under 17’s and was in fact playing a game of rugby when he was unexpectedly taken ill.
Alistair, myself and Ricky’s sisters Linsey and Kelly, have been overwhelmed by the kindness, help and support that we have received from everyone involved at Ricky’s club and indeed beyond. We received donations from games played on Ricky’s behalf, and I do know quite substantial contributions from certain people, Roz and Amy who manage West Leeds Club and the Pattenden family to name just a couple. We also received the gift of a week’s holiday at Primrose Valley, which is in fact where we have scattered Ricky’s ashes; this was very kindly presented to us from Ricky’s team mates and their parents, who also gave us a beautiful condolence book whish we will treasure always.
We were sent flowers, cards, a signed rugby ball and were contacted by Shaw Cross – Dewsbury team, who Ricky was playing against when he was taken poorly. We have received gifts in Ricky’s memory, literally hundreds of cards, flowers, phone calls and visits from people offering any kind of help they can, the list just goes on and on.
We were contacted by members of BARLA, had offers of help from counselors and Ricky has had write up’s in various sporty and news publications and I can in fact add that I have been contacted by Neil Hudson at Yorkshire Evening Post, who is trying to arrange an interview with us to do a follow up tribute story about Ricky.
Then of course there was the amazing turnout of which we believe was about 500 – 600 people on the day of Ricky’s funeral, and which also included the Lord Mayor of Leeds with his chains of office on, and all the team from Shaw Cross, what a wonderful tribute for my boy.
We would like to say a massive thank you to the Rugby League Benevolent Society, who have stood by us through our sad journey and offered help, support and guidance, and our thanks in particularly to Steve Ball, who has phoned and visited us on numerous occasions at our home. Steve you are one of life’s true gentlemen and one of the nicest men we have ever met, and have worked tirelessly on our behalf, Thank you, what a great organisation you front.
We would also like to add our thanks to Dave Phillips and John Carter for their phone calls and visits. Of course our thanks to Steve Allinson, Steve Mason (Ricky’s coaches), Debbie and Sue (their respective long suffering wives!!) and all of Ricky’s team mates, their parents and extended families, wonderful people.
Until my son played rugby, I didn’t really have much to do with the sport, but I can honestly say Ricky’s passing has truly opened my eyes to what a brilliant game it is, we have made some marvelous friends and I don’t know that we would have got quite the same level of support from any other sport.
Our heart felt love and thanks go out to each and everyone of you all in memory of our wonderful son Ricky Nugent,