The Hall family says thanks

PEOPLE'S kind-hearted generosity to an appeal in memory of a murdered schoolgirl has been described as a glimmer of light and hope in a wicked world.The parents of Vicky Hall made the comment in a special thank you message to everyone who has supported the Evening Star's Christmas appeal to raise cash for a memorial for their daughter.

PEOPLE'S kind-hearted generosity to an appeal in memory of a murdered schoolgirl has been described as a glimmer of light and hope in a wicked world.

The parents of Vicky Hall made the comment in a special thank you message to everyone who has supported the Evening Star's Christmas appeal to raise cash for a memorial for their daughter.

The Christmas appeal aimed to boost the fund by £20,000 so that the trustees can make a National Lottery bid has so far raised £15,000.

Graham and Lorinda Hall, and their son Steven, said they were thrilled with the way the community had responded to the appeal and delighted with the way it was going.

"It shows that in our terrible tragedy, people's wonderful kindness does show a slight glimmer of light and hope among the wickedness of people to each other," they said.

"Once again a big thank you to you all. But especially our gratitude and appreciation to the Evening Star and the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society for showing their concern about others and, as always, sharing and caring about the community in which we all live."

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The family thanked everyone who had donated to the appeal or held fundraising events for it.

Customers of the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society raised £3,000 for the appeal during the festive season by using the 977 Evening Star charity number instead of their own share numbers when buying goods.

The appeal aims to build a sports pavilion for the youngsters of Vicky's home village, Trimley St Mary, and currently stands close to £80,000.

It is hoped the lottery will provide 65 per cent of the cost of the building, which will be constructed on the Stennett Memorial Playing Field.

The pavilion will managed by the Trimley Red Devils, which runs football teams for players aged seven to 17, and will also be used by cricketers, and for small community events and meetings.

It will feature four changing rooms, each with its own showers. Toilets, including facilities for people with a disability, first aid area, cleaner's room, kitchen, storage, and referee's changing areas.

Vicky, 17, of Faulkeners Way, vanished as she walked home with best friend Gemma Algar from a Felixstowe nightclub more than two years ago.

Just seconds after parting from Gemma, she was abducted by her killer, who later dumped her body in a ditch at Creeting St Peter, near Stowmarket.

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