It is with great sadness that I write this note, to reflect upon the sad news that local community champion and friend, Nigel Webster, passed away over the weekend of 30th July, 2017.
Nigel was not a technological man, many of you would have known this, and so I pondered for some time over whether this was the appropriate forum to reflect on the time I knew him- I hope you agree that I have made the right choice. I know how well respected Nigel was in our local community, and that local people would want to share memories of him.
I recall the very first conversation I had with Nigel, more than 5 years ago, about a person who simply needed to have a conversation. He told me, in no uncertain times, that “statutory services do not give people the time and space they need” and that he was more than happy to talk to my client. Over the subsequent years I referred many a client to him, in the confidence that they would be met with kindness and common sense.
I shall be happy with the memory of Nigel, the last time I saw him on 27th July, arguing for the rights of people with learning difficulties in our community and championing for more inclusive services. That is absolutely how I think he would want to be remembered.
Heather Arnatt, Area Coordinator West Lindsey