WARNING to the good people in Scotland.
Look out for this family. The amount of emails i've had from people conned by Gerry Meechan (Gerry Shaw) & Kirsty Shaw is staggering..
Very sad to hear other peoples stories of how low these two go to make a living.
Their 14 year old son Taylor and 3 year old Declan i feel so sorry that they are being brought up in a world of disceat and lies. I hope my story inspires them to see the good in the world so they don't follow in the same footsteps.
Too all those out there justice will be done but for now keep positive and don't let your experiences with these low life's distract you from a positive healthy mind.
for any help please email me
Lashings v House of commons at wormsley cricket ground very humble man who brought his own protection to the bus.. Bit forward but then i realized it was 2 6ft burley men.
Meeting Vivian again after 13 years will always be another major highlight in my career.
His humbleness and Aura is indescribable unless you are in his presence..
Well, i had 20 minutes in the back of my bus at Bath cricket club so how much energy did you think i had after this!!.
You have given me more enthusiasm to continue on my mission this year to help raise awareness for mental health and helping others.
And of course to swagger out to the crease and keep playing the game i have started to love again
When former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent offered to raise money to help a Glasgow family whose teenager had a serious head injury, he didn't expect to end up out-of-pocket to the tune of £10,000.
The husband was a mechanic Vincent hired to fix his camper van. He deposited his cash into a nominated bank account before, according to Vincent, the family scarpered, with the husband also failing to repair his vehicle.
"They showed me a newspaper article about their son, so I think the head injury was legitimate," Vincent says. I even stayed with the family. They made me welcome but behind the scenes, they were conspiring to take my money.
"In hindsight, it was too good to be true. I found the guy, Gerry Meechan - Im not sure thats his real name - on a legitimate website for mechanics
, Gary Jordon is partner in crime. I thought Id do the Kiwi thing of getting the camper van checked out before I bought it. He said 'leave it with me. ' He reckoned he'd cleared his diary to get my bus on the road, then he found a Scottish lady to buy my car but it turned out she didnt exist.
When I confronted him to get my car, bus and money back, he did a runner. I rang the cops and told them Id handed over the money. They said under Scottish law, you've got to go through a lawyer if you've handed over the moolah.
I can handle losing the money; getting your pants pulled down and rogered is a lesson in life. What I can't live with is the fact if I don"t do anything, he'll do it again."
It continues a bad run for Vincent, now based in the UK, who suffers from depression. He's trying to do something about it by raising money for the Mind charity. Mind is a 66-year-old organisation which aims to help people take control of their mental health.
"That charity is close to home for me. I want to get behind something where you can make a difference, like John Kirwan did with mental health awareness. In this modern age, managing mental health is as important as managing physical health, like going to the gym. The biggest message is building solid bonds with family and friends."
Vincent has struggled to do that but is starting to walk the talk. He split from ex-wife Elly and two daughters Molly (6) and Bessie (2) some time ago and has taken to the road this cricket season as part of what he's termed Lou's Wacky Woodworm Wagon Adventures.
Vincent is sponsored by cricket gear manufacturing company Woodworm and his interviews are played on British Sky Sport's Cricket AM programme. He coaxes famous people (generally with a link to the cricket community) back to his 'dining room table' where he films them for the whereislou.co.uk website.
For a novice broadcaster (although dad Mike is a veteran broadcast journalist) Vincent has some clout in this multimedia, self-publishing age. His CV of interviews over the past few months is astonishing. He convinced five-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Steven Redgrave to demonstrate how to row, using a packet of biscuits and two plastic spoons; he got British television cook Ainsley Harriott to knock up a salmon salad from buffet leftovers at a cricket charity game; and he got international umpires Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus (on pink banjo) to do a "Happy Birthday" duet on what Vincent terms 'Ipod idol'.
"This fulfils my life," Vincent says. "Going around meeting these great people. I don't need much money to live off."
After a recent stint as batting coach with Hong Kong, including a camp in Pakistan, Vincent is still wielding his own bat on occasion.
Vincent still hopes to join the Auckland squad in September when they attempt to qualify for the Champions League.
The Carpet Hut
Thank you very much for donating carpet for the woodworm wagon
Thank you for donating the material for the curtains.
I can sleep in peace now knowing that people can see what i do in my sleep.
James "Monty" Mongomery
from Rossendale Process Systems in Rawtenstall
Cant thank you enough.
After only knowing you for a day you went out your way to get an extra set of keys cut for your warehouse so I could have a base to re gather my next move after the disaster I went through with Gerry Meechan up in Scotland.
Your kindness and trust quickly restored the faith I have in human beings and proved that great people are out there and when we find them we keep them close to our hearts.
If its days, months or years between hellos it never changes the friendship that has been created. Vinny Hanson the Captain at Rawtenstall Cricket Club introduced us so without the kind heart of Vinny I dont think my journey would have started.
Brian Payne and the team from LimeLight signs.
All I can say is wow.
After the conman in Scotland wasted 3 weeks of my time I was in a manic panic to get my bus ready for the SKY tv filming day for the cricketAM show.
I had 5 days from design to filming.
In most cases this is impossible but once again the kindness of another Rawtenstall man made it possible.
For those driving up the M6 during this time Im sure you would have been annoyed at many signs unfinished, thats because my bus had priority over the government.
I knew from the day this was finished I am not only doing this for myself and the Mind Charity I am also doing it for all my friends and specially the new friends Ive just made.
Thank you again
As for this scum bag Gary Jordon.
And his conspirer Gerry Meechan or Gerry Shaw I genuinely have to offer a thank you.
I guess if my story was all roses I would have got bored and started to steal from the blind or something like that.
But I guess you have already done that so now you get your kicks out of stealing from people wanting to make money for charity.
The penny should have dropped a lot earlier for me that you were a con man and low life when you suffer from a nacolepsy being a mobile mechanic.
I did have a laugh to my mates about it 'hows the bus coming on lou?'. 'well when the mechanic who doesnt fall asleep things seem to be on track'
I should have also cottoned on to your genes as I overheard you talking about you seeing your son in prison. I guess you have been a fantastic role model for children and creating a healthy world for the next generation.
I genuinely believe in karma and maybe it was my karma for what happened to me for the bad things ive done in life but I would never think to steal over £10k from someone trying to help others.
The funny thing is when I do donate money to mind charity and you decide to get help Ill be giving you more money but in a healthy way which I hope you decide to take.