Anonymous donation clears Thame Youth Memorial’s debts

The memorial garden. Photo: Nick White
The memorial garden. Photo: Nick White

A mystery donor has helped the Thame Youth Memorial Trust clear its debts with a £2,500 gift.

The trust came into 2014 needing to raise £2,500 to pay back money it had borrowed to create the new memorial garden, which was unveiled last October.

Trust chairman Peter Butt was told of the donation on Tuesday, with the money coming from a private individual who has asked to remain anonymous.

Mr Butt posted on Facebook: “To say that I was stunned is an understatement.

“On behalf of everyone involved in this project, I have given our heartfelt thanks for their incredible support.

“It’s a very proud moment for everyone that has given time, money, passion, tears and love to the project.

“On behalf of all the trustees, we thank you for your commitment.”

Trustees have been planning a number of events to help raise the money.

However, the donation means that all fundraising can now go towards ongoing maintenance and future dedications at the Upper High Street memorial.

The youth memorial was set up to remember young people from the Thame area who died prematurely.

The £46,000 garden was the result of years of planning and includes a water feature surrounded by benches, the names of young people from the area who have died and a sculpture.

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