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MEMORIAL APPEAL: ALMOST THERE

The appeal for funds from the public for Boston to mark the centenary of the First World War is closing in on its target.

The appeal to raise, purely from public subscription, a granite memorial for Boston's Memorial Gardens, needs just a few more generous donations.

This week it received a massive boost from donations totalling more than £1,000.

First to stagger into the council offices under the weight of coins was Frank Thompson, a stalwart member of the Boston Veterans Plaque Committee.

Frank had the proceeds of four long days on his feet collecting for the appeal at the Asda store in Boston.

Once the eight collecting tins had their seals broken and the mountain of cash had been counted... three times... the total was £683.50.

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Frank, right, and Andrew with a tub full of cash for the memorial appeal

Frank thanked Asda for allowing him to collect there, the support he received from staff and, most importantly, the most generous support shown by YOU, Boston's shopping public.

He said: "The sheer weight of it told me we had done well, but I never expected people to be so generous. One lady came up to me just as I was packing away at the end of one day and gave me £50."

Next to present were the children, parents, family, friends and staff of Wyberton Primary School. They handed over a cheque for £250 from a coffee morning organised by the school council and more money raised at the official opening of their new outdoor learning area.

The event marked the use of the school learning garden and its Artsmark gold award for commitment to quality arts education. Children at the fundraising open day enjoyed story telling, singing, dancing, poetry, acting craft work, a bug hunt and science trail.

Younger member of the school council, Keelie Taylor (10), said: "We made key rings and magnetic fridge mosaics."

And Frankie Bourne (9) added: "We also made sun catchers."

It was the right day for suncatchers as Mohammad Ahmad (9), said: "It was a very hot day."

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Wyberton Primary School makes its donation to the appeal. From left, head of school Mrs Sarah Paul, Mohammad Ahmad (9), Frankie Bourne (8), Keelie Taylor (10), Key Stage 2 lead teacher Mrs Gemma Hodgson and, receiving the cheque, Andrew Malkin, from Boston Borough Council

Memorial appeal organiser, Andrew Malkin, Boston Borough Council's communications manager, said: "After some sleepless nights early in the campaign it has been great to see how ordinary people of Boston, schools and businesses have supported the appeal. We are now within striking distance of the final full amount.

"Some schools and Beaver Scout groups have still to hold their fundraising events, so I am sure we will get there now."

Also this week there were donations from McDonalds, St Nicholas' Primary School, Miss Anne Battle, Cllr Helen Staples and Mr and Mrs Derek Budge.

The memorial appeal has been launched by Boston Borough Council, Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Boston Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Canal Zoners and the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee.

You can make a donation to the appeal using the council's online payment facility at www.boston.gov.uk - go to Donations to WW1 Memorial Appeal - using a debit or credit card; in person at the 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.

If you are planning a fundraising event please let Andrew Malkin at Boston Borough Council know, phone 01205 314 308 or email andrew.malkin@boston.gov.uk