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New path takes group giant leap forwards

A campaign which started with small steps has taken a giant leap forwards.

A Tarmac base has been laid for a path to the area in Boston's Westgate Woods for a restful memorial space to remember Lincolnshire's road accident victims.

And a memorial stone has been purchased and engraved.

The project aims to provide a space in the woods accessible by all, for relatives, friends and colleagues to come and remember those who have died in tragic circumstances on county roads.

Boston Woods Trust, which owns and manages the woodland on the outskirts of Boston, made the area available, alongside one of the avenues which all point towards Boston Stump in the distance.

The Trust successfully bid for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Grant to help pay towards the cost of the path, with the memorial committee adding its contribution.

The campaign has been driven by Anne Bourne, of Boston , who lost her daughter in a horrendous crash in which four people died and five children were left without their mothers. Her other daughter was seriously injured.

Wild flowers inside an avenue of lime trees will border the pathway, which will have a stone finish in keeping with the natural look of the woodland area.

A wet oak shelter is to be constructed to one side of the path. The Lakeland green slate memorial, suitably engraved with a dedication and symbolic footsteps, will be laid into the path.

A series of charity events, supported by individuals and local groups and businesses, have seen around £25,000 raised since the appeal was launched last May

If you want to make a donation you can pay in to the Louise and Sarah Memorial Fund at Lloyds Bank, account number 01303486, sort code 30-91-04.

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Anne Bourne, left, holding an artist's impression, with members of the committee and supporters on the new path to the memorial site. Also pictured, left, Claire Elwood, trustee of Boston Woods Trust, second from right, Wendy Blackman, community champion from Tesco, Boston, which has donated £5,000 from its customer-voted Bags of Help scheme, and, far right, Frances Brooks, trustee from Boston Woods Trust.

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Simon Spark, from BBC Look North, interviews Anne Bourne about the project.