For over thirty years, Richard has been an important figure within the TV industry. He's worked on some of the most recognizable programs in British television from Top of the Pops to the Paul Daniels Magic Show to Going Live.
Richard is best known for the years he spent as a talented producer and then editor on the BBC his iconic children's show Blue Peter.
Richard had it all, a brilliant career and a loving family.
But in 2008, his life was interrupted by the unimaginable and any parent's worst nightmare.
On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, Richard and his family woke up to discover that their fouteen year old son Rupert had taken his life.
Just finding a reason to even carry on living was at times a daily battle. But over the past thirteen years, the color has slowly began to seep back into Richard's life.
As someone who I've known for over twenty years as a friend and colleague, I can honestly say, Richard is a remarkable person.
I have no doubt that his story will move you and encourage you, in equal measure.
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