Com­pen­sa­tion cash is put to good use

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­

COM­PEN­SA­TION awarded by the courts af­ter a van­dal de­stroyed spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive cherry trees at Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School last year, has been kindly do­nated by the school to a war me­mo­rial ap­peal.

Last Au­gust some of the cherry trees in Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School’s Quad were van­dalised by an in­truder.

The ac­tion had a pro­found ef­fect on both the Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools fam­ily and the wider com­mu­nity, as the area is ded­i­cated as a me­mo­rial to for­mer pupils and staff who lost their lives in con­flict.

Fol­low­ing the ap­pre­hen­sion of the per­pe­tra­tor, Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School was awarded £500 com­pen­sa­tion by the courts.

As this amount was not needed to re­place the trees, due to the gen­eros­ity of Coles Nurs­eries in pro­vid­ing re­place­ments free of charge, the school has since been try­ing to iden­tify an ap­pro­pri­ate way of us­ing the funds.

The to­tal amount came to £700 when com­bined with other gifts.

And in March, when the Lough­bor­ough Car­il­lon War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum launched an ap­peal for fund­ing to cre­ate a new me­mo­rial, the head­mas­ter Dun­can Byrne felt

this was just the per­fect so­lu­tion as to where the com­pen­sa­tion money should be used.

The ap­peal was for a new me­mo­rial to hon­our more than 100 Lough­bor­ough sol­diers who lost their lives in World War One, but whose names, for var­i­ous rea­sons, have not been in­cluded on the Car­il­lon Tower.

The tar­get for the mu­seum’s fundrais­ing was £700, so the school’s money was a per­fect fit.

Mr Byrne said: “We were de­light-

ed to find such a fit­ting way to use this money for a project linked with the town’s re­mem­brance.”

This sen­ti­ment was echoed by Mel Gould, chair­man of the Lough­bor­ough Car­il­lon Tower and War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum said: “We are ab­so­lutely thrilled with the gen­eros­ity of the Gram­mar School to en­able us to go for­ward and pro­duce a fit­ting me­mo­rial for those men who fell in the Great War but whose names were never added to the Car­il­lon Tower War Me­mo­rial.”

Pic­tured, left to right: Marigold Cleeve, of the Car­il­lon War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum, Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School head­mas­ter Dun­can Byrne, and Mel Gould, chair­man of the mu­seum.

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