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Fund set up in memory of Lowestoft teenager Taylor High continues to help worthy causes across Waveney

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 February 2015

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A fund set up in memory of a Lowestoft teenager has raised a total of more than £60,000 as it continues to help a host of worthy causes across Waveney.

Reece Durrant, who cycled to Norwich and back raising more than £120 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund in sponsorship, presents the cheque to Mrs High. Picture: SUPPLIEDReece Durrant, who cycled to Norwich and back raising more than £120 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund in sponsorship, presents the cheque to Mrs High. Picture: SUPPLIED

A number of deserving people and community projects across the district have benefited from the fund-raising by the Taylor High Memorial Fund.

Taylor’s parents Elaine and Gary High set up the charitable fund in memory of the popular Lowestoft teenager after the 19-year-old’s death in a road crash in west Norfolk in March 2011.

Since the launch of Taylor’s fund, people have organised dozens of fund-raising events and collections, allowing the Highs to help people and good causes across Waveney.

Still amazed by people’s generosity, Mrs High said this week that the fund has now handed over 70 donations, with grants totalling £60,000 distributed.

CHARITY DONATION: Karen Read, from the Seagull Theatre, managed to raise £200 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund by collecting money at the end of performances in a charity bucket. She is pictured (centre) presenting the monies to Elaine (left) and Gary High (right).CHARITY DONATION: Karen Read, from the Seagull Theatre, managed to raise £200 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund by collecting money at the end of performances in a charity bucket. She is pictured (centre) presenting the monies to Elaine (left) and Gary High (right).

Mrs High said: “We recently distributed our 70th donation in more than three-and-a-half years since Taylor died. We have raised more than £60,000 since we started the fund and have given away the same.”

This is also the first year that the fund has been a registered charity, with “almost £10,000” having been raised and donated to people in need in the Lowestoft and surrounding areas.

Mrs High said: “We thank everyone who has supported us in donating monies and also supporting the events we hold to raise money.

“We will continue to help those in need and continue doing our events throughout 2015.

“We look forward to another successful year in keeping our dear son Taylor’s legacy – a charity to be proud of.”

Recently the fund received another boost with monies raised by Reece Durrant, who cycled to Norwich and back and raised more than £120.

Karen Read, from the Seagull Theatre, managed to raise £200 for Taylor’s fund by collecting money in a charity bucket at recent performances.

Mrs High added: “Last month we gave out three more donations totalling more than £2,000 to people in need in the Lowestoft area by helping them with travel and expenses to visit their sick children in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and also Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.”

■ For more details on the Taylor High Memorial Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/thmf

■ Are you doing something for charity? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525825 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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