A FORMER Sunderland council leader is to be commemorated with an award to help the city’s young people.
Colin Anderson died in January, aged 64, after serving for more than 35 years as a councillor on Wearside.
Now a group of his former colleagues have joined forces with Thompson Building Centres boss Anne Ganley to set up a fitting memorial.
A park bench – donated by Thompsons at a cost of £1,000 – has already been set up in Colin’s name in Mowbray Park.
Now the aim is to raise money for an annual award which will be given to one of the city’s young achievers.
Anne, along with Coun David Allan, Coun Iain Kay, Coun Barbara McClennan and former Mayor and retired councillor Leslie Scott, believes such a tribute would have pleased a man who was a great supporter of the local community and Hendon in particular.
“As a company which has its headquarters in Hendon, we knew Colin well,” said Anne.
“He dedicated his life to the people of Sunderland and we all feel there should be some lasting tribute to him.
“Along with the bench, we hope to present an engraved award annually in his name to a young achiever which we hope will, in turn, inspire them.”
She is now planning to contact other business bosses across Wearside and ask them to make a donation to support the idea.
The fund was launched officially this week and will close at the end of June.
“This is a very short appeal which we hope people will support in memory of Colin,” said Anne.
Anyone who would like to help or make a small donation can send a cheque made payable to the Colin Anderson Memorial Fund, care of Thompson Building Centres, Commercial Road, Sunderland.