Help me to Erect a Headstone on an Unmarked Grave

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Help me to Erect a Headstone on an Unmarked Grave

There is a grave of a local man that has been unmarked for 5 years. I have managed to trace the headstone, please help me to erect it.

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On 9th Oct 2014 we successfully raised

£300

of £300 target
with

19 backers

in

42 days


Dying is a pretty hard thing to talk about. Choosing and buying your own headstone must be pretty sobering. 5 years ago, an elderly man died and he was buried with his wife who died when they were young. The headstone he had lovingly chosen for both of them was removed for his funeral and due to complications and lost contacts, it was never put back.

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My name is Jessica. I am the Founder and Chairperson of The Eaton Foundation, a male mental health charity for vulnerable and homeless adult men in Staffordshire. I am also a charity trainer, travelling all over the country designing and delivering safeguarding training. I am 23, married with two children.

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I really want to put a headstone on this unmarked grave. I just want to see that it has a headstone. It's not my responsibility but there are lots of bad things that happen that aren't our personal responsibility to fix - it doesn't mean we can't do these things. It took me a long time to find this headstone and today I finally got the call that it has been found and he mason has said he will do it as cheaply as possible as he wants to help. It's going to cost £300 for the inscriptions, the erection of the headstone and the permission from the church.

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The grave is of an elderly man I knew growing up. He used to live next door to us when we were kids. I have been down frequently to place flowers, wreaths and I have planted shrubs. But essentially, it's just an unmarked grave with a married couple within it. I can't leave it like this.

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If you're looking for a reward for helping, I'm afraid other than my gratitude and thanks - there isnt much I can offer you. I can write you a lovely thank you letter, a certificate and a photograph of the finished headstone on the grave (not a pretty reward, I understand) I cannot afford to do this by myself - but many of us could give a little and we could easily reach £300.00 - I will take before and after photos to show you what your money has done.

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 Thank you so much! :)

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