In memory of Richard (Dick) Cazenove, supporter of P.O.R.T and friend and support to Chairperson Sue Stewart. Dick was a part of the charity right from the start and will be sadly missed.
1st February 1944 – 21st June 2017
Written by PORT Chairperson Sue Stewart.
I first met Richard Cazenove (Dick) at a meeting with Professor Jeremy Powell-Tuck at The Royal London Hospital when initially forming the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust (PORT Charity) back in February 2006. I was extremely nervous and remember very clearly how kind and supportive Dick was. He encouraged my ideas to form the charity for vital research and awareness into Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction (CIPO) and gave me both the will and determination to follow the idea through.
Dick was a huge part of PORT, but more than that he was a very good friend. Dick organised a massive fundraising event for PORT in October 2007, the Isandlwana Lecture held at The Merchants Taylor Hall. This event was tinged with sadness at the lecture should have been taken by Richards’ good friend David Rattray, sadly he was murdered on 26th January 2007 in a bungled burglary in South Africa. Many would have cancelled the event but not Dick, he organised for Rob Caskie to attend to lecture on behalf of David. The evening was an incredible success raising in excess of £85,000.
During the next ten years Dick has always been in the background, advising me when I needed help, sponsoring me on numerous occasions for my Half Marathon and other fundraising ventures. He has been a sounding board for ideas and has always been there to support the charity in any way he was able.
Richard attended our PORT Charity day on 9th October 2015 which was held at The Wingate Institute speaking about living his life with this illness CIPO. His speech was very well received.
He was such a wonderful man who I will miss dearly. His name will live on in PORT Charity, a charity he held in very high regard.