Get involved with Pershore’s war horse memorial project
Pershores war horse memorial project
Proud Pershore residents are joining forces to support Combat Stress the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, with a memorial project designed out of recycled horseshoes.
The idea was forged by Sue Cosnett, of Lancelott Court, Pershore who approached Wychavon to ask if the sculpture could be sited within Abbey Park in Pershore.
Wychavon have offered their support and agreed that the horse can be installed within Abbey Park. Designed and created by local blacksmith Steve Ellis Cooper the sculpture will commemorate horses and animals that lost their lives in WW1 and 2.
Sue said: “Last year marked the centenary of the First World War and as someone who has lived in Pershore all my life I wanted to do something positive to mark the occasion within my local community. The design itself will reflect not only our fallen heroes but also the huge number of animals that also died alongside them.”
The project logo shows a purple poppy which depicts the loss of thousands of animals during the wars and will be incorporated into the design.
Hoping to gain as much local support as possible the group’s target is to raise £12,000 by the end of October to cover the cost of the build, with the surplus funds being donated to Combat Stress. Sue added: “It would be great to have as much local support as possible and we’re calling on all local residents to help – your community needs you. Together, let’s make this happen.”
Jonathan Hulbert, Senior Parks and Open Spaces Officer at Wychavon said: “We are pleased to support the idea of a sculpture to remember the service that animals have given in WW1 and 2 combat. We wish Sue all the best in her fundraising efforts and will support her in any way we can.”
The next fundraising event is an ‘80s disco on Friday 31st May at Bar 57, followed by a 10 mile sponsored walk across the Malvern Hills on Sunday 16th June, more chance to dance at Bar 57 on Saturday 6th July and a football match – Defford Old Boys vs New Inn, Pershore – on Saturday 27th July at PTFC. Follow the story and get involved via the project’s Facebook page:
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or contact Sue Cosnett direct by emailing [email protected].