£2,060raised of £5,000 target by 64 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to Fund A Poetry Bench in memory of Helen Cadbury

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When Helen Cadbury died last month, scores of friends, writers, neighbours and colleagues wanted to create a permanent memorial to the inspirational author, poet and activist.
We have now formed a Friends Of Helen Cadbury group and joined forces with the Friends of Glen Gardens, who look after the public park a few yards from Helen's home in Heworth, York.
Our aim is to raise a substantial sum for a ‘poetry bench’. The 'bench' will be much more than a standard park seat. It will stand in a landscaped area surrounded by flowers and shrubs. The plan is to inscribe some of Helen's words in the stone-paved area where the bench will stand. A canopy or pergola will be added later to provide shade and shelter in what we hope will become a meeting place for friends, neighbours, writers and readers, perhaps even an outdoor performance place too.
Our initial fundraising target is £5,000. But that target will be 'stretched' significantly when we know the likely cost of the substantial works being planned.
A small group (including a sculptor, woodcarver and architectural metalworker) are already working on design ideas to be presented to Helen's family and our friends at Glen Gardens, before the plans are shared for approval by the city council officials responsible for parks and open spaces.
Any surplus monies raised will be donated to Accessible Arts & Media, a York charity which Helen chaired for several years. Please share this page with writers and friends and donate to this worthwhile effort which we hope will result in a treasured community asset for the people of Heworth, and a lasting memorial to our much-missed indefatigable friend, Helen Cadbury.
For more information and updates, visit the Facebook group: Friends Of Helen Cadbury at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1962289124050441/ and ask to become a group member.
For any other enquiries, email: davenick01@mac.com
Picture courtesy The Press, York

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  • David Nicholson

    David Nicholson

    7 days ago

    David Nicholson

    Thanks to all involved for helping us raise nearly half our target total in just 20 days. To the online figure of £2,060, we can add offline donations of £350 direct to our bank account. So that's £2,410 towards our initial target of £5,000. We hope to have sketches of the planned installation within the next ten days. These will be shown first to Helen's family, then posted on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHelenCadbury/ Please share links to this page on your own Facebook pages and with your writer friends.

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  • Anonymous


    Aug 10, 2017


  • Mel


    Aug 9, 2017

    Thanks for organising what will be a wonderful and fitting tribute to our friend Helen

  • Anonymous


    Aug 7, 2017


  • Lynne Bullock

    Lynne Bullock

    Aug 4, 2017

  • Jane Austin

    Jane Austin

    Aug 3, 2017

    Helen was a friend and an inspiration to me as a writer. The kindness and support she offered will stay with me always.


  • Jude


    Aug 2, 2017

    Helen was always so supportive of others and a bench in her memory is the perfect reminder. Very blessed to have known her.


  • Anonymous


    Aug 2, 2017

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