Gong for ‘hero’ caretaker Dickie

'Irreplaceable' 73-year-old's service is recognised with award from the Chartered Institute of Housing

Friday, 9th October 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Richard Bull

Award-winning caretaker Richard Bull

A CARETAKER from Barnsbury has bagged a national award for his services of more than 40 years.

Richard Bull, 73, known as “Dickie” to friends and neigh­bours, was born in Drayton Park and trained as a butcher and slaughterer before finding a job as a caretaker in Morland Mews where he has lived for 45 years.

He said he was “really surprised” to hear he had won a gong at the Housing Heroes awards run by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

“As a caretaker, you get to know people quite personally,” he said. “I made a lot of friends over the years and it made the job easy. I was trusted.

“I could go in their places even when they were at work.”

Mr Bull retired in March this year and said he is looking forward to spending more time at his caravan in Kent with his wife Jean.

Susan French, chief executive of the Barnsbury Housing Association, said: “Dickie operated a one-man, out-of-hours service single-handedly for many years and was always on hand for emergencies. He was a pleasure to work with and completely irreplaceable.”

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