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Firms make tree dedications in memory of Graham Roskell

Firms make tree dedications in memory of Graham Roskell

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:10pm 14th December 2012.


Two local businesses have anonymously dedicated 50 trees each to a Millennium Trust woodland in memory of a Kirk Hammerton granddad.

65-year-old Graham went missing from Harrogate District Hospital at the beginning of November.

It was thought he was trying to make his way home after becoming confused during treatment for a swelling on the brain.

After nearly two weeks of extensive searching by professional teams and members of the public, a body was found off York Road in Wetherby.

The family are hoping to raise money, through the Millennium Trust for 800 trees as a memorial to him.

This week, the official figure stood at 323 trees, or £3230 of money donated so far by individuals and businesses.

100 of those trees have been dedicated anonymously by two local firms instead of sending out Christmas cards to customers and clients.

Now businesses are being encouraged to follow suit and use the money they may have aside for Christmas cards and donate it to the woodland.

Graham’s daughter, Louise Rayner said: “We don’t want to ask people. They’re not giving us their money, they’re giving it to the Millennium Trust.

“But it’s a good way of helping out to create this woodland.

“So basically they have emailed the certificate they got from the Millennium Trust on to their clients, and they have done that instead of sending out Christmas cards.”

Each tree costs £10. For more information on how to dedicate trees to the memory of Graham Roskell, visit the Find Graham website.