£8,000 raised for coun­cil­lor

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A FUNDRAIS­ING cam­paign set up to help the fam­ily of a coun­cil­lor who died sud­denly last­week has raised nearly £8,000.

James Box, who served on Wok­ing­ham Town Coun­cil, was a much-loved mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and was just 46.

His niece, Jess Bignell, launched the crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to sup­port his wife and two chil­dren. It is to help them meet fu­neral costs.

In a post launch­ing the ap­peal she wrote: “Ev­ery­one has been in com­plete shock about this dev­as­tat­ing loss. Any­one who knew James knew that his fam­ily were his whole world, he ab­so­lutely adored them and they adored him.

“It’s re­ally hard to put into words just how spe­cial James was, but any­one who knew him will tell you that he had such a zest for life.

“He cam­paigned tire­lessly as a Labour coun­cil­lor to try and help the com­mu­nity.”

The ap­peal aims to raise £9,000 in to­tal, and has had more than 150 gen­er­ous donors al­ready.

Ms Bignell said that the fu­neral would take place out of the area, and costs would in­clude flow­ers and the head­stone.

“Due to covid re­stric­tions only 20 peo­ple can be at the fu­neral, so it is im­me­di­ate fam­ily only,” she said.

“But when re­stric­tions are lifted fur­ther the Town Coun­cil have of­fered us the use of Wok­ing­ham Town Hall to hold a proper cel­e­bra­tion of his life, so other peo­ple are wel­come to come and pay re­spects and share mem­o­ries of James.”

Peo­ple do­nat­ing have been full of praise for James.

One wrote: “(He was) a truly won­der­ful man in all ways. Will be very sadly missed”.

And an­other said he was al­ways happy and help­ful.

Annabel Yox­all added: “Shocked and sad­dened to hear of the sud­den loss of James. He was a gen­uine and kind man who al­ways made time for oth­ers. I hope he re­alised just how highly thought of he was by ev­ery­one who knew him.”

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