CVSRT Richard Graves' beaming smile after being winched down from the RAF Seaking - Search and Rescue Helicopters CVSRT Richard Graves' beaming smile after being winched down from the RAF Seaking - Search and Rescue Helicopters

CVSRT Richard Graves

12 May 2018

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.”

On the 3rd May we told you about a heartwarming story of an incredible young lady - 6year old Amelia Graves, who had decided to have her lovely long hair cut off to help raise funds for two charities.

Amelia donated her hair to Little Princess Trust – a charity that creates real hair wigs for children and young adults who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. Amelia was also fundraising for CVSRT, as her dad Richard was an active team member. She raised an incredible £800 from the event.

It is with heavy hearts today that we announce the heartbreaking news that Amelia’s dad Richard sadly lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Friday morning.

CVSRT member Richard Graves was in his own words: Shy, retiring, polite and happy. Likes the outdoors (loves t’Yorkshire Moors and t’dales!!) and his favourite quote was… “Life is for living and living is free”.

Richard was indeed a true gentleman - honest, genuine and a funny chap who brought warmth, compassion and a cheeky smile to any occasion or situation, be it training, fundraising, social events, or at a callout to help a member of the community. He also worked for Lloyds Bank so used his business knowledge to assist the team as Treasurer until his illness restricted his spare time.

Despite battling cancer, Richard (with the help of his children, Jack & Amelia) successfully completed his MREW Casualty Care examination in November to the delight of his family and the team.

At the request of the family, we've been asked to share "Amelia’s Charity Chop" page again for anyone wishing to support her fundraising and donate in memory of Richard.
DONATE > "Amelia's Charity Chop"

CVSRT would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Natalie, Jack, Amelia and all his family and numerous friends at this very difficult time. Richard’s caring nature and happy smile was contagious and we will always remember him with fondness.


“All Calder stations... all Calder stations, this is Calder Control…Stand by for the last call message for Calder Richard…”

“Calder Richard... Calder Richard this is Calder Control. Although you may be gone, you will never be forgotten. We ask that you look over and protect us. Our team mate, our friend, our family...

Calder Richard still on the hill. Listening, Out.”

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