WHEN the people of High Lane in Stockport felt their local war
memorial was in need of some restoration they turned to a Marple
He enlisted the help of eleven young people from one of Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) Prince's Trust teams -
and in another shining example of kindness - they made it
Firefigher Graham Fletcher said: "Over the years, time and
neglect had left the memorial looking tired and grubby.
"The flooring was covered with moss, litter and leaves and the
memorial was virtually unreadable.
"The flower beds needed some TLC and High Lane Residents
Committee asked if we could help.
"We were really keen to help improve things for the community
and because I've got a bit of experience co-ordinating other
charity projects, I knew our Prince's Trust teams could help and we
also got some local businesses involved.
"They removed over hanging branches and jet washed the area
before the young people from GMFRS' Prince's Trust team stepped
On Monday, April 2, the team set about weeding, cleaning and
planting the area around the memorial.
Charlie Brown, Team Leader of GMFRS' Stockport Prince's Trust
said: "The young people chose this as an extra community project
because they wanted to help make the area look better.
"They worked really hard cutting back the ivy, planting roses,
brushing and tidying and they really enjoyed it and got a lot of
satisfaction out of it because they could see the results fairly
Firefighter Fletcher added: "The war memorial now looks inviting
and when the red and white roses come into bloom it will be a
wonderful and poignant tribute in memory of our war dead."
Tom Lambert from the High Lane Residents Committee said: "The
work of everyone involved has really improved things in High Lane
and it just shows that there are lots of things we can do ourselves
to improve our community.
"We want to do some more work to improve the area too, once the
roses are in bloom there'll be lots of light and colour around the
memorial and it'd be great to find out more about our war dead.
"I'd know all the residents would like to thank GMFRS, everyone
at Marple Fire Station and the Prince's Trust for their involvement
and it might serve as a reminder to others that often all war
memorials need is a little TLC so we can fittingly remember and
honour our war dead."
High Lane's war memorial was restored because a community came
together thanks to the kind hearted actions of GMFRS staff and
Prince's Trust teams.
Throughout April, GMFRS want to highlight random acts of kindness
after being inspired by a woman who surprised Manchester
firefighters with cupcakes at their charity carwash.
Thirty-one-year-old Randi Johnsen saw a message posted by
@manchesterfire on Twitter about a car wash at Manchester Central
Fire Station on Sunday, April 15. She said: "It feels nice to
make someone smile - it doesn't have to be something big it's just
something that makes somebody's day."
Follow the GMFRS random act of kindness stories on Twitter by
following @manchesterfire and using the hashtag #kindness, or
Facebook at facebook.com/manchesterfire.