A local family are looking to raise funds to provide a memorial bench to be placed near to the War Memorial in Princes Park, Irlam.
Mike Jenkins told the Local Mag, “We recently lost our Nan/Mum, known to many locally as Elsie. Due to the current restrictions of COVID-19 we were unable to give her the send-off she deserved or collect any donations for charity. Therefore as a family, we have decided to fundraise in the name of Elsie and her husband Trevor (who passed away in 2017) for a World War II Memorial Bench to be situated inside the Cenotaph area in Irlam.”
Trevor and Elsie (pictured collecting for the Poppy Appeal) were both very passionate about the Poppy Appeal locally, Trevor a long-time member of the Irlam and Cadishead Royal British Legion had collected for the appeal since the age of 14 and continued right into his 90’s.
With Trevor being a WW II veteran the Cenotaph held a very poignant place in his heart and a WW II memorial bench situated inside the Cenotaph area would be a fitting tribute to both Trevor and Elsie and also provide the local community with somewhere to sit, whilst taking some quiet reflection.
The bench (pictured) will be purchased from www.davidogilvie.com/ who are a specialist street, park, and memorial furniture company. The total cost for the bench is £1300.00 including VAT and delivery. Salford City Council will then arrange the installation of the bench at the Cenotaph and all this will hopefully be in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday.
Please follow the below link to make a donation to the just giving page. If the target is passed, then the donations will be used to further enhance the Irlam and Cadishead War Memorial.
To donate, visit the GoFundMe page.