Witchford Village College student Ed hopes to remember the fallen with new war memorial

Ed Ouzman.

Ed Ouzman. - Credit: Archant

A student from Witchford Village College is hoping to raise funds to help remember the fallen in a very special way.

Ed Ouzman is hoping to build a new war memorial on the grounds of the college – and is inviting the public to do their part by sponsoring the bricks that will make it up.

The 14-year-old from Ely is looking to raise £1,600 so it can be built in time for Remembrance Sunday 2017, and was inspired to put forward plans after reading the list of names on the college’s current memorial.

He said: “I was looking at the memorial and I was thinking ‘what do these names mean to me’?

“I then thought that one of these names must mean everything to someone as they were their father or grandfather, and that was my inspiration to get it built.”

Those who buy bricks, which will cost £3.50, will have their name or the name of a loved one added to the plaque on the memorial, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

Ed has submitted plans to a number of builders, and is waiting on them to be given the green light.

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“We’ve had a lot of interest so far,” he said.

“The new memorial will have a sign in the middle, with two twisted pillars on either side which will represent each world war.

“I’m hoping it will be built by November 11 next year and that we can have a big opening ceremony to help remember those who lost their lives.”

Adam Carter, head of history at Witchford Village College, said: “Having the memorial will make sure that young people have a reminder of what happened during the wars.”

For more information or to pick up a sponsorship form, visit college reception or email office@witchfordvc.co.uk.