A lady who is dying from cancer has vowed to leave a legacy of hope for the young people in her home town by giving a five-figure gift towards a skatepark.

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Verity Fridman, 61, will give a total of £18,000 towards the Cromer scheme, which has been talked about and campaigned for since the 1980s.

Mrs Fridman, who moved to Cromer with her husband Hillel, 60, from London three years ago, said she was determined to “give something back” to the young people of the town.

She said: “I have a son, so I’m well aware how much exercise boys particularly need between the age of nine and 15.

“When I came up to Cromer I always had in my thoughts to try to do something for that age group. My husband had a very established and loved health food shop in London, and we wanted to downsize.”

She added: “There’s nothing in Cromer for the children. The town is over-balanced with older people and there are not enough young people.

“There’s not enough for the boys and girls to do. It’s essential to keep them out of trouble, keep them interested and give them somewhere to go which is their own.

“The skatepark is a marvellous way of achieving that. The older boys help the younger boys and have developed a sense of community.”

The donation, which will cover about 10pc of the projected cost of the project, has been warmly welcomed by “astonished” skatepark chairman Edward Land, who thanked Mr and Mrs Fridman.

He said: “When Hillel gave us the news at a recent committee meeting we were all very much stunned at this generous contribution. If anything this money has brought fresh hope in realising that having a skatepark here in Cromer is becoming a reality and is not as far off as we thought.

“With this money we have the means to start moving in the right direction together with applying for grants. We are so thankful to Verity and Hillel and our thoughts and prayers are with Verity at this time.”

Mrs Fridman said she would give £8,000 when she died, and her children - Rebecca and Hugo - would each give a further £5,000 when planning permission was granted for a skatepark.

That could happen in the next few weeks, as a revised application for a second location on The Meadow was submitted last week.

The plans stalled earlier this year, when North Norfolk District Council’s development committee suggested the skatepark should go on a sloped Meadow site, rather than the planned flat location near the children’s play area.

Youngsters are currently using their skateboards, BMX cycles and scooters at a makeshift skatepark at the former Kiddies’ Corner at North Lodge Park, with the permission of NNDC.

Mrs Fridman has helped young people before.

In 2003, Mr and Mrs Fridman visited Kenya, where they were shocked by the conditions in one village, with children having one pencil to share between 11 of them.

They set about fundraising, with Mrs Fridman organising concerts at her London home. From nothing, there is now an established school with five classrooms.

19 comments

  • The money is there, the project is given the go ahead in principle and some will never have any time for young people, they have been born age 70. Its not like our young are saying old people should not be allowed to litter seaside resorts, that they were fed up with seeing old people everywhere, what a pain, and they are so slow, always in the way....The young one's are well behaved and waiting for their skate park, whilst the oldies go round at night with smear letters and innuendo trying to stop what little is done for young teenagers, you could not make it up.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Poor old bookworm;doesnt like the old folk having free bus travel, doesnt like the youngsters having fun. Do three ghosts ever visit you on Christmas Eve?

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    Mr Majika

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Just a couple of miles of coastal road to let children ride their bikes on (a little bit further)oh and of course they have to get back home.

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    footymad

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • people with kids get so excited over such plans.

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    bookworm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • It's pity there are not more people around who think like Verity, the world would be such a better place.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • How many times, the kids of Cromer want something local, they should not have to travel to another town, the kids of CROMER are entitled to this one thing, just as the elder folks are entitled to their bowls clubs, their golf club etc, all age groups are entitled to be catered for, and this is not being funded by the council, the funds are being raised by the kids and some very generous people who choose to help this cause.

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    Amanda

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • What a kind lady, although I don't think it's strictly true that there's nothing to do for kids in Cromer. Is that the correct picture - the lady shown doesn't look 61!!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • The park would be a better site, but if they want Meadow, then let them have it. The kids deserve it. From those I see out and about, they are a credit to themselves, their parents and the local schools

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    weaversway

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • What a wonderfuk lady and family, such a lovely legacy to leave for the children of Cromer. So selfless and considerate. A big thank you from a parent. x

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    Amanda

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • If this is what the lady wants, then so be it. There should be a legal tag on this money to make sure it is spent on what the lady wants and it does not disappear into the council coffers to be spent on some hair brained scheme.

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    "V"

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Previous post was aimed at a comment that has been removed.However i agree with the Fridmans facilities for the youth of Cromer are non existent and have to be improved.Thank you on the behalf of my very excited young children.

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    footymad

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • What a truly wonderful lady. Instead of thinking of herself at such a poignant part of her life she unselfishly considers the youngsters of Cromer. It is almost a national disease to berate the youngsters of today yet here we have a lady setting a truly remarkable example. Let us hope more of the population can follow her lead and do the same

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    Timberman

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Samphirelover;thats an appalling attitude. You want to force Cromer kids out of the town becuase you dont agree with a skate park?Perhaps we should put up a gate with Arbeit Macht Frei over it, you might like it better then.

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    Mr Majika

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • What is there for children of all ages to do?Back your comment up.Oh sorry football crabbingyouth club. You must of been a child once.Look at the other towns and villages they put Cromer to shame.We are supposed to be THE GEM OF THE NORFOLK COAST,not a place for children to be seen and not heard.

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    footymad

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Just a couple of miles of coastal road to let children ride their bikes on (a little bit further)oh and of course they have to get back home.

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    footymad

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • How dare you call all the boys and girls of Cromer Yobs.I find this very narrow minded and insulting.I imagine that back in your day children had safe places to ride bikes and scooters etc.GIVING THE KIDS SOMETHING"FANTASTIC"

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    footymad

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • There is plenty for kids to do.The cash will be wasted on this plan.

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    bookworm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • What a selfless generous legacy by Ms. Fridman. It shows that some of the people in Cromer have been young once. With the Conservatives hell bent on cutting young people's benefits and jobs not available for some80.000 young school leavers, the police budget being cut by 25 million by 2015, this is a recipe for courting disaster.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Mr Majika - there is already a skate park at Sheringham, just a couple of miles away for a start.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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