Queens RUFC have donated over £700 to Emmaus Village Carlton in memory of former player, Richard Coates, who was “at his happiest” when being supported by our charity.
A few years ago, Richard struggled with depression and alcohol but when he became a companion at Emmaus Village Carlton, his Queens RUFC team mates say it transformed him:
“He had a support structure and a role in life up until circumstances meant that he could not stay any longer.
“During his time at Emmaus he was at his happiest.
“They were flexible with his work commitments there and allowed him to play rugby at Queens.”
After leaving Emmaus, Richard Coates took himself to Seattle, USA but the lack of support and structure there meant he sadly fell back into depression and alcoholism. He passed away in 2014.
In his memory, Queens RUFC recently organised a memorial game to raise awareness and funds for our charity.
While the memorial game has helped raise money, Richard Pippett says that it’s also highlighted how important it is men don’t suffer in silence: “Rich was a big character he was outspoken and a lovable rogue. As a man whose roles were all pretty much alpha male: rugby prop forward, doorman, prison officer, it is hard to show weakness. It is even harder to admit you have a weakness. Don’t be too proud to ask for help as it’s those who ask for help that recover. Since Rich’s struggle has come to light, much has improved with regards to men’s mental health but more still needs to be done to make sure men know they aren’t alone”.
The £720.20 raised came from personal donations and a raffle at the post-game lunch.
We would like to thank Queens RUFC for their donation and continued support.