Boost for Vicky memorial hall project

MANAGERS of a sports pavilion built in memory of murdered teenager Vicky Hall are today set for a cash windfall which could provide security lighting for the project.

MANAGERS of a sports pavilion built in memory of murdered teenager Vicky Hall are today set for a cash windfall which could provide security lighting for the project.

It is seven years ago this week 17-year-old Vicky vanished as she walked home from a Felixstowe nightclub.

Her abduction and killing on September 19 1999 left the county shocked and her home community of Trimley St Mary devastated.

An appeal in her memory launched by The Evening Star and supported by villagers, companies and organisations from the area, raised £260,000 for a new pavilion for Trimley Red Devils' junior football club, bearing Vicky's name.


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Now it has been discovered the appeal fund still has around £2,000 left in it which could be used to finish off the building.

Red Devils' chairman Bob Race said: “We are currently getting a fresh statement of the fund to see what is left.

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“We did leave a little money in it to keep the fund account active, and there may be some interest on that and also it could be that some more money has been donated in the past couple of years.

“We are hoping what is left in there will be enough to put some security lighting up outside the pavilion as it can be a very dark area on autumn and winter nights when people come out of meetings.

“Lights could be set on timers to give people just enough time to safely clear the building and leave the car park - it is something we have wanted to do for a while but haven't had the money for.”

Mr Race said the pavilion, opened in 2004, was being well used and was a real asset for the community.

He said: “I think because it is in memory of Vicky people have great respect for the building and are treating it really well. The pitches look great, too, and the club is doing very well.”

The Red Devils now run 12 different age group sides, including a senior side. It is hoping a girls' team will start soon.

In addition to contributing to the appeal, the Football Foundation gave £50,000 for a football development programme involving Trimley Red Devils, Kirton Kestrels and Felixstowe and Walton Utd.

Vicky's parents are still also very involved with the Red Devils - her mum Lorinda is club secretary and dad Graham manages the under 18s team.

WEBLINK:

www.footballfoundation.org.uk

Have you used the pavilion or been involved in the football development project - what do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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