Vicky Hall's parents visit memorial site

PUBLISHED: 12:36 26 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

AS the Evening Star launched its special Christmas appeal to boost the Vicky Hall memorial project, her parents visited the site of where the new pavilion will be built.

AS the Evening Star launched its special Christmas appeal to boost the Vicky Hall memorial project, her parents visited the site of where the new pavilion will be built.

On Saturday we urged our readers to "do it for Vicky" in a bid to raise the final £20,000 needed to reach the target.

The new brick pavilion is to replace the current run down and dilapidated wooden buildings that serve as the club house and changing rooms for the Trimley Red Devils football team.

Graham and Lorinda Hall gingerly showed us around the dark, damp rooms where rot is setting in, to illustrate what a great asset the new hall would be to the community.

Although every day is a nightmare for the family since their daughter was murdered two years ago, the past few weeks have been particularly trying for them.

Last week, Adrian Bradshaw, the man accused of Vicky's murder was found not guilty at Norwich Crown Court.

Graham and Lorinda stoically arrived at court every day for the hearing and just as stoically accepted the verdict saying that it would never change what had happened.

Even now the dust is beginning to settle once more their feelings remain the same.

Lorinda said: "We are trying to get back to a normal existence – it has been very stressful."

Graham and Lorinda and their 17-year-old son Steven are trying to rebuild their lives without Vicky, after she was murdered on the way back from the Bandbox nightclub in Felixstowe on September 19 1999.

They seem stunned by the amount of support and fundraising they have received from people doing anything they can to boost the cash in the Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal.

So far more than £57,000 has been raised for the fund and the new pavilion is expected to cost around £200,000.

It is hoped that the National Lottery will match the amount already raised to help reach the target.

Lorinda said: "It is lovely. People don't tell us when they are doing stuff.

"They just pop in out of the blue with a cheque and a letter.

"Friends of Victoria and Steven have gone out of their way to hold events."

The new brick building will have four changing rooms with their own showers, toilets, a first aid area and a kitchen that can actually be used unlike the one they are used to.

In the current building there are holes in the walls, kicked in by vandals who broke in.

They even ripped a cupboard full of cups and trophies from the wall.

But the new hall will have so much more to offer the community and Victoria's name will live on through people using it

Lorinda and Graham are hoping that everyone will feel they can use the hall.

It is a way of making sure that people never forget the tragedy of a young girl's life being so cruelly wiped out.

Lorinda said: "As well as football and cricket teams, it is available for any organisations involved in the village that would like to use it."

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