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Magnadata Group back memorial appeal

Fast-moving Boston firm Magnadata Group acted quickly when it received a letter asking it to support the borough's First World War Centenary Memorial Appeal.

Within hours of the appeal letter landing on a desk at the Boston-based supplier of high-tech passenger transport ticketing, a donation of £100 was in the appeal's bank account.

Appeal organiser Andrew Malkin, Boston Borough Council's communications manager, said: "I was very impressed with the speed with which Magnadata responded. There was no fuss, no nonsense - the same day our letter arrived with them £100 just appeared by online payment in the appeal fund."

Alan Laidlaw, group director, said "The company and its employees are very supportive of memorials which recognise local heroism and sacrifices made during the war."

Magnadata Group, in Horncastle Road, including Norprint and Magnadata International, produces labels, systems and magnetic transport tickets used all over the world. The company was the first to develop magnetic strip ticket technology for which it was recognised by being awarded the Queen's Award for Technology in 1989.

The appeal total is growing slowly, but more is still needed for public subscription to fund a memorial in the town's Memorial Gardens to commemorate the centenary this year of the start of the First World War in which millions lost their lives. A million people from the UK and 843 from this area died.

Boston Borough Council, Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Boston Branch of the Royal Air Force Association, Canal Zoners and the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee are appealing to all to make a contribution, no matter how small, to help commemorate the event in Boston and to help preserve the memory of all those who died, especially those from the Borough of Boston who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Businesses, organisations, groups and schools have all been asked to help. Contact Andrew Malkin at Boston Borough Council - phone 01205 314308 or email andrew.malkin@boston.gov.uk - if you plan to hold a fundraising event or have a special reason for wanting to make a donation.

You can make a donation to the appeal using the council's online payment facility using a debit or credit card; in person at Municipal Buildings using a debit or credit card, cheque or cash; or by post using a cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Boston Borough Council and "Boston First World War Memorial Appeal" should be written on the reverse to indicate what the payment is for.

Recent donations have also come from Boston branch of the Royal British Legion, the Suez Veterans' Association, Wendy Loos from Lake Elmo, Minnesota, USA, John Hodge from Redditch, George and Mary Chambers and Kirton Monday Club, Mr and Mrs A.J. Ellson of Kirton, June Owen, Mr S.L. Carnes, Derek and Julia Paine and Betty Padgett all of Boston, R.C. Florence and Mr Mel Neal. Thank you all.