Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial is nearing £40k goal

MY VISION: Anne Bourne is behind plans for a road victims memorial.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG060516-116TW.
MY VISION: Anne Bourne is behind plans for a road victims memorial. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG060516-116TW.
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A mum’s vision for a lasting memorial to her daughter, niece and other Lincolnshire road crash victims is more than halfway towards its target.

Anne Bourne is behind the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial for which nearly £27,000 has been raised in just ten months.

The memorial, planned for Westgate Woods in Wyberton, will commemorate Anne’s daughter Louise Nuttell (35), of Swineshead, and niece Sarah Wilkinson (3), of Boston, who both died on the A52 at Friskney in April 2004.

Mum Kathleen Stephenson (50), also from Swineshead, and Darren Smith (20), of Friskney, also died, while Anne’s other daughter, Amanda Meeds, was seriously injured.

Anne, of Boston, said: “This project will benefit all people in Lincolnshire who have lost loved ones on the roads.

“Funding would secure the site, already agreed and accepted by The Boston Woods Trust, for a suitable memorial, with a wheelchair-friendly pathway and benches for people to sit and remember.

We’re getting towards the £27,000 mark which is marvellous since it’s not even been a year since we started the appeal

Anne Bourne, Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial founder and co-ordinator

“I was very naive at the outset concerning how much it would cost, thinking it would be around £20,000.

“In fact, it will cost us twice as much but hopefully we’ve got enough to start the pathway for people to use.”

Various fundraising events have been organised for the memorial, including a cheese and wine evening at the Westwood Lakes complex in Wyberton and a ukelele concert in Kirton last month.

Churches Together in Boston has pledged £1,000 for the memorial and £5,000 has come from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Anne said: “We’re getting towards the £27,000 mark which is marvellous since it’s not even been a year since we started the appeal.”

Future fundraising events include a collection at Sainsbury’s in Spalding on Friday, July 7.

Anne said: “It’s a lot of hard work trying to keep tabs on everything but I’m more than happy with the way things are going and we’re so lucky to have been assisted by so many friends.”