Helen Goral is the Chairman of the Grantham Community Heritage Association.
Grantham, a small market town in Lincolnshire, is famous for being the birthplace of Baroness Thatcher. Despite being the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain and the longest serving of the 20th century, there is currently little evidence of her remarkable achievements in the town. This is something that the Grantham Museum is rectifying with the Margaret Thatcher Statue Fundraising Project. Our campaign is raising funding to celebrate her achievements and offer a place where people can reflect on one of Grantham’s most famous exports.
To mark her birthday weekend, the museum hosted a champagne reception and auction. The event was a sell out, with guests travelling from all over the country to support the museum and listen to the keynote speaker, Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Their enthusiasm to help Grantham create a permanent memorial to her achievements was a great fillip to all the volunteers connected with the museum.
Thanks to the kind help of our supporters, including the Prime Minister who donated a signed copy of his tribute in Parliament, Baroness Thatcher’s official biographer Charles Moore, who donated signed copies of his biography, and our local MP Nick Boles, who dipped into his own pocket to win a signed montage of the great lady, the museum raised more than £4500 – a fabulous effort.
The funds raised on her birthday weekend are a fantastic boost in our bid to find in excess of £200,000 to commission the statue and invest in new exhibits relating to her life. Grantham should be proud of producing such an iconic and internationally renowned politician. Quite simply, this project will ensure her legacy lives on.
The Margaret Thatcher Statue project is being funded entirely through private donations and merchandise sales. I would like to encourage all ConHome readers to visit our website (www.margaretthatcherstatue.org) where you can find out more and help our volunteers give the great lady what she deserves, a lasting legacy in her home town.