Taylor’s charity fund continues to help others

Taylor High

Taylor High - Credit: Archant

A charitable fund set up in memory of a popular Lowestoft teenager is set to continue to help others in the year ahead – having reached its latest milestone.

Presentation for the Taylor High Memorial Fund. Edna Denny is pictured with Taylor's dad Gary High.

Presentation for the Taylor High Memorial Fund. Edna Denny is pictured with Taylor's dad Gary High. Edna, 86, has been busy knitting throughout the year supporting the fund with a vast arrangement of knitted items so they can use to raise money or help others in the community. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

The Taylor High Memorial Fund has now raised more than £70,000 for deserving causes and made more than 80 donations to a number of people, community projects and organisations across Waveney.

Taylor's parents Elaine and Gary High set up the fund in their son's memory after the 19-year-old died in a road crash in west Norfolk in March 2011.

Since then, people have organised dozens of fundraising events and collections, allowing the Highs to help good causes across the district.

And now, almost five years on from his death, Mrs High said the fund had reached another milestone – with more than 80 donations made and grants totalling more than £70,000 distributed.

The Taylor High Memorial Fund gave out £360 of shopping vouchers to Jan Russ for her Christmas party

The Taylor High Memorial Fund gave out £360 of shopping vouchers to Jan Russ for her Christmas party she was holding for Looked after Children. Elaine High (right) is pictured with Jan presenting her with the vouchers and also several knitted dolls. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

Last month the fund helped six different groups across the area with raffle prizes and donations – and Mrs High praised the 'very humbling' support and generosity received from the public.

Mrs High said: 'We gave out raffle prizes to three church groups and two community groups, so that they could use the prizes in their own fundraisers.'

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The fund also gave £360 in shopping vouchers to Jan Russ for the Christmas party she had organised for 'looked after children'.

As well as presenting Mrs Russ with the vouchers, the fund handed over several 'beautiful' knitted dolls made by Edna Denny, 86.

Mrs High said: 'Edna Denny is a remarkable lady. She was busy throughout last year supporting the fund with a vast arrangement of knitted items.

'These beautiful knitted dolls were given to the fund by Edna, and these have been used to raise money and help others in the community.'

Mrs High added: 'Support from people like Edna, who have given their time in many different ways to help Taylor's fund, has been very humbling.

'We would like to thank each and every one who continues to support the fund, as we are then able to give back to the people of Lowestoft and the surrounding areas.

'We look forward to continuing to help local people throughout 2016.'

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