Generous donors foot the bill for vandalism clean up at Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument clean-up
Penshaw Monument clean-up
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THE National Trust has thanked people who donated cash to help remove graffiti from Penshaw Monument.

Donors, including Barclays Bank, approached the charity, which looks after Penshaw Monument, after reading about the vandalism in the Echo last month.

Other donations have come from private donors including Ron Colledge, a National Trust tenant farmer from Easington.

Three sides of the monument’s base and several columns were defaced with red paint.

Gareth Wilson, area ranger for the National Trust said: “We are incredibly grateful to Barclays as well as the individual donors who have shown such concern, wanting to help us restore the monument.

“This is a place that means so much to so many people. As a charity, the National Trust wouldn’t be able to protect it for the enjoyment of everyone without the generosity of donors, members and volunteers.”

Raymond Pettitt, managing director of community banking at Barclays said: “Our colleagues were very disappointed to hear about the vandalism and we were keen to find a way to help the specialist clean-up operation.

“Penshaw is such an important part of the heritage of the local and regional community and is very close to our major contact centre in Doxford Park.

“It’s always been a special and popular place for our colleagues and their families to visit, as it is for many people from across the region. We were glad we could support this and help keep the monument in a good condition for future generations to enjoy.”

The generosity covered the £1,500 bill of hiring specialist contractors Gavin Small Stone Restoration to clean the masonry.