Dedicated highway patrol officer Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson was a loving husband and father to two young boys.
Tragically, the man known as Richo to his mates died in the line of duty during a police pursuit earlier this year.
His wife and fellow cop, Margie, not only lost the man she adored but also faced an uncertain future with her two sons, with one suffering from autism.
Thanks to Channel 9’s A Current Affair, an army of big-hearted volunteers stepped in to help Richo’s family. They began a mammoth renovation project on the Richardson’s home and completed it in just five days. ACA captured the 5-day renovation project and featured the big reveal of the Richardson family’s new home.
This transformation would not have been possible without the help of the generous companies, tradespeople and their suppliers. Cammy was right there alongside the action and helped to support the transformation of Margie’s home.
Two Cammy employees were there at the renovation site, doing whatever they could to help out. Team members Sarah and Louise were more than happy to get their hands dirty plastering, cooking breakfast for the tradies and cleaning up work sites.
Cammy employee Sarah explained that “it was a real privilege for us to be involved in such an amazing community project, and to play a small role in helping Margie and her family. Our whole purpose at Cammy is to provide peace of mind to our customers, and hopefully, that’s what we’ve been able to give Margie”.
Not only did our staff donate their time, Cammy also contributed eight Cammy cameras to the Richardson home to help Margie have the peace mind that no matter where she is, she can keep an eye on her home.
We wanted to ensure that the newly renovated property was always secure and that Margie could watch over her two boys no matter where she was in her home.
This was a real community effort with people from all over New South Wales coming to help out and after an amazing effort during those 5 days from all the volunteers, it was finally time for the big reveal.
Margie was overcome with joy and gratitude when walking around her new home and seeing all the new features that had been generously donated. Her home had been completely transformed and made into a much safer environment for Margie and her children to live in.
During the reveal, Margie said that “our lives changed terribly 7 and a half months ago and I didn’t think that I would ever feel better or right again, I can’t express enough how much this means to the boys and me. It’s just amazing, you’ve made our dreams come true. I’ll never be able to thank you all enough, so thank you.”
The renovation included a safer play area for her children, brand new kitchen, complete refurbishment of a deck that was once unsafe and brand new appliances and furniture that the Richardson family can enjoy for years to come.
Margie stated that she was frightened that if the home she lived in with her husband changed too much that her husband wouldn’t be there with her in the house, but towards the end of the reveal she expressed that “he’s here, he’s definitely here.”
We really hope that Margie enjoys her new home and her new Cammy security cameras. A big thanks to all the volunteers, tradespeople and donors who helped make this all possible for Margie and her family.
If you want to watch the renovation and the transformation of the Richardson home you can watch it here.
For more information on the renovation and the sponsors who helped make the renovation possible check out the Channel 9 website.
Cammy would like to thank Channel 9’s A Current Affair and the NSW Police Association for the opportunity to take part in this project to help Margie and her family.