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£250 raised for tribute to Junior
1:20pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A DUDLEY family have raised £250 to mark the first anniversary of the death of a 22-year-old former air cadet, which they hope will be put towards a permanent tribute to their loved one.
Thomas Spair, known by his middle name, Junior, of Poplar Green, was discovered hanging from a tree on Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve on March 8 last year.
To mark the 12-month anniversary of his death, his godmother, Maxine Taylor, organised a coffee and cake morning for his friends and family to remember him as well as raising money in his honour for Dudley Air Cadets, where he was a dedicated member for many years.
Maxine said: “When he was younger Junior was in the paper for raising money for different charities, as well as with the cadets as he took part in many remembrance parades and events.
“But the last time he was in the paper was his inquest and we didn’t want to remember him like that.
“We wanted to remember all the good he did, so we wanted the event to be really positive and to show how proud as punch we were with him.”
The family now hope an engraved trophy can be purchased with the donation, which Junior’s beloved squadron will be able to present to a deserving cadet each year to continue his memory.