'Stay strong Tony, we have got this' - fundraising appeal launched to repair Mi Amigo war memorial damaged by vandals in Sheffield park
A fundraising appeal has been launched to repair the famous war memorial which was targted by vandals in a Sheffield park.
The Mi Amigo memorial in Endcliffe Park, which is dedicated to the 10 US airmen killed when their plane crashed there during the Second World War, was badly damaged as crowds descended on the park earlier this week.
Tony Foulds, who has devoted his life to honouring the crew after witnessing the tragedy as a young boy, told how he wept after discovering vandals had ripped the two biggest flags from their poles and dumped them on the ground.
Now people have rallied round to restore the memorial, which featured on the national news when TV presenter Dan Walker organised a flypast to recognise the war heroes and Tony’s dedication to the cause.
Olivia Atkinson, who is trying to raise £500 to repair the damage, said: “An 83-year-old man sat on the floor and cried because of the damage. He has now got to go out and buy new flags to put back up.
"Let’s not let this man do it on his own. Let’s pull together and help this man as a community. Even if you can afford a little bit and we don’t reach the target at least it’s something towards it for him so he’s not doing it on his own. Stay strong Tony, we have got this.
Tony, who lives in Lowedges, has been looking after the memorial since it was enshrined in 1969.
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