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Tribute to charity founder

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Trustees of Beverley charity, the Christopher Eden Educational Foundation, commemorated the life of its founder last Friday by laying a Christmas wreath on his tomb.

Christmas is an appropriate time to remember philanthropists like Christopher Eden, who provided a lifeline for those too impoverished to pay for schooling.

His Will supported the National School in Beverley, and was one of 42 Wills establishing charities for the education of the poor in Beverley at that time.

The commemorative wreath, designed by Wendy Cross, uses plants which would have grown in Beckside in his time: flag iris heads and reeds from the Beck; ivy, teasels and cow parsley heads from Figham pastures, plus hawthorn and holly from the hedgerows.

The Christopher Eden Foundation continues to support hundreds of youngsters in education and training.

 

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