Funds raised in honour of local Barrow musician

The family of a well-known Barrow musician have donated thousands of pounds to the local community respiratory care team in his memory.

Robert Rigg, known as Bobby, fought a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and before he died the respiratory team helped to improve his quality of life and continue his love of music.

Donna Phillips, Bobby’s daughter, presented a cheque for £2000 which was raised through donations at Bobby’s funeral in January as well as a fundraising evening at Barrow Wanderer’s Football Club, Bobby’s local. Donna was keen for the money raised to go towards helping others in a similar position:

“Dad was what you’d call a character. He sang in Barrow for over 40 years and was well known in the local community. I’m very proud of the money we have raised and I know Dad would be too.
“The team were great with my Dad and looked after him over his last years. It was a real support knowing that they were there to help.”

Helen Haney and Rose Marrs, both Respiratory nurses from Barrow, received the donation and Helen explained how the money will help.

“We were overwhelmed by the donation, it was completely unexpected and greatly appreciated. It will be used to help support other Respiratory Patients in the locality to provide ongoing highly specialised Respiratory Care.”

Bobby was a member of the Furness Musician’s Association (FMA) who organised the music at his wake. Malcolm Hartley, founder of FMA said:

“Bobby was a key member of the FMA which aims to celebrate, support and encourage live music in Barrow. He had a big influence on the local music scene so we were very pleased to be able to help.”

Over £600 was also raised for St Mary’s Hospice who cared for Bobby as his condition deteriorated. 

Above photo: Bobby Rigg