Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Yesterday Tynedale lost a legend in Stu Ridley

True adversity was faced by Stu Ridley. His attitude to a terminal diagnosis moved everyone. He was a legend. It's a word that is often overused. But that is exactly what Stu was.

He was someone who showed such bravery and strength in the face of adversity that his actions touched and inspired everyone. Someone once said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but how he conducts himself at moments of challenge.
Stu faced his moment of challenge in a way that defined him, and inspired others.
All our thoughts are with his incredible mum Celia, and all his family, who have shown the such spirit during these last few months.

Stu's story, of a exceptional young man willing to fight with everything he had, inspired thousands, not just in Northumberland, but across the country - and even beyond.

His passion for life brought a community together in the most remarkable way and I have never been more proud of my constituents, than I have been of all those who have supported the Stay Strong Stu campaign. The many Stay Strong Stu events this last 5 months will be remembered by all who went, and all who supported.

Stu will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all those who knew him. He leaves a legacy of love, positivity and strength that has inspired thousands.

Stu really is a Tynedale legend. Those who knew him will count themselves lucky. He will never be forgotten.