Shoppers rally to help fund lasting tribute to Grantham character Ronnie

Rob Barrett, Ann Burkitt and Jason Rickett.
Rob Barrett, Ann Burkitt and Jason Rickett.

Customers at Morrisons in Grantham have rallied round to support the Journal’s campaign to secure a lasting memorial for well-known Grantham character Ronnie Ward, whose funeral took place on Friday.

Ronnie was one of the store’s favourite customers, so staff were keen to support the campaign.

Through a bucket collection at the tills, shoppers kindly contributed £345 to the fund.

Ronnie died at his home in Riverside in June last year but his body remained in the mortuary at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, seven months after his death until South Kesteven District Council stepped in to pay for the funeral service.

However, as Ronnie’s funeral was funded by the taxpayer it did not allow for any lasting tribute.

Several readers contacted the Journal to see if we could help in some way and that is why we launched a fund-raising campaign in order to provide Ronnie with a memorial.

We are hoping to raise enough money to pay for either a 10.5cm x 7cm bronze plaque on the granite book by Grantham Crematorium Chapel, at a cost of £702, or a dedicated rose bush and plaque for Ronnie, which would cost £2,476.

The appeal has already received donations from a number of generous readers but more is still needed if we are to hit our target.

Anyone who wishes to contribute is asked to visit our JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ronnie-ward-memorial. Cash donations can also be made at the Journal office, in St Peter’s House, St Peter’s Hill.

Any funds left over once a memorial has been secured will go to the Salvation Army in Grantham, a place Ronnie would regularly visit.