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Help for Weymouth family after grave vandalism
HELP has flooded in for a Weymouth family after vandals desecrated a memorial headstone.
Kerry Baker, 31 and her mother Sandra Holden, 51, visit the family grave of Kerry’s great grandparents Kathleen and George Read at the Melcombe Regis cemetery in Weymouth every year.
This year they were devastated when they discovered it had been tipped over, describing the damage as ‘heartbreaking’.
The family were later contacted by David Hounsell, owner of Stone’s The Monumental Masons, who offered to restore the memorial free of charge.
Kerry said: “David contacted us the next day after seeing the story in the Echo and offered to fix the headstone for free.
“We want to say a massive thank you to him for his generosity – for somebody to take up their free time and come to our rescue is fantastic.
“The response and offers we have had are truly amazing. It just goes to show that there are some lovely people out there and we cannot thank David enough.”
A Dorset Police spokesperson confirmed the headstone had been knocked down with flower pots from the grave strewn across the cemetery site.
The vandalism followed two reports of anti-social behaviour in Newstead Road, Weymouth reported to the police the previous weekend.
Mr Hounsell said: “It’s so frustrating to see such mindless behaviour and very upsetting for the family involved.
“We just can’t understand why on earth someone would do that, and since the cemetery is right on our doorstep we were delighted to help.
“We’ll be putting in a new memorial foundation and fixing it to current safety standards, which will ensure it cannot be pushed over like previously.
“This is the first time we’ve offered to do something like this; it’s not too much work for us and obviously makes a big difference to the family involved.”
Sandra said she is overwhelmed by Mr Hounsell’s kindness and added: “I have the feeling now that my grandparents can rest in peace once again.
“We both want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts.”
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