Appeal to raise money for commemorative orchard in Grantham park is off to a flying start
A fund-raising appeal to plant a commemorative community orchard in Grantham has got off to a great start with a pledge from America as well.
The appeal has now raised 20 per cent, or £2,505, of its target figure of £12,522.
Wyndham Park Forum is raising funds for a ‘Heroes Orchard’ close to Wyndham Park to commemorate the district’s rich aviation history.
The appeal has untilFebruary 8 to reach its target. The Forum is engaging far and wide to deliver its vision of a new and accessible green space, which will be valuable for schools to use as an educational resource and for community fruit harvesting.
The campaign is being shared across the American military community, whose forces were based around Grantham in 1944 and whose paratroopers and aircraft staged an audacious pre-invasion mission from RAF North Witham in the build-up to D-Day.
The Forum wants to plant 75 heritage-species trees to mark the 75th anniversary of the district’s and Britain’s international allies’ role in D-Day and Arnhem plus the 2020 commemoration of Victory in Europe.
It is opening the visitor centre on January 13, 2020, between 3pm and 7pm, for a Heroes Orchard information event, inviting schools and businesses to learn about its vision for the new orchard.
The appeal is via a new CrowdfundSK project launched by SKDC, which has teamed up with national crowdfunding platform Spacehive to open funding opportunities for groups.
Anyone can pledge, with a minimum of £2. No pledges will be redeemed until the final total has been reached.
John Knowles, chairman of Wyndham Park Forum said: “We always believed that the international nature of this commemoration would touch hearts, and this latest pledge from America clearly recognises the role the United States Army Air Force played here in 1944.”
“Spacehive experience suggests that if a project has reached 10 per cent funding by this stage it’s 78 per cent likely to succeed.Our plea is for everyone to get behind it!”
To make a donation go to www.spacehive.com/heroes-commemorative-orchard
For those who prefer not to use the internet, cheque and cash donations can be made by contacting the Wyndham Park Forum secretary Elizabeth Bowskill on 07840 240854.
Alternatively donation forms can be collected from the visitor centre in Wyndham Park from Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, except over the ChristmasandNew Year holidays.
The appeal now has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HeroesOrchard
For any further inquiries email Heroesorchard@gmail.com
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