A FUND-RAISING appeal has been launched to restore the names of 75 fallen heroes on a town war memorial which have almost faded away.
The statue at Holy Trinity Church on North Malvern Road is more than 90 years old and the cost of the restoration work is £4,129.
It is hoped the work can be funded and carried out in time for next year’s 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
Out of the 75 names, 51 are those from the town who served in the war between 1914 and 1918 while the other 24 are those who fought in the Second World War.
Nearly £700 has been collected already through donations at services and it is hoped around £1,750 can be secured from the War Memorials Trust.
However it still means the church needs to find the remainder of the money to re-carve the names.
David Nichol, vicar at Holy Trinity Church, said: “For almost 100 years people have gathered at the memorial churchyard to remember those who lost their lives during the course of the war.
“Time has meant the names carved on the memorial have worn away.
“We are hoping that people who have a connection with the memorial or those named on it might wish to make a donation or it may be people feel the memorial is an important part of our local and national history and it should be maintained.
“If we got this restored it would be a fitting tribute to commend the outbreak of the First World War.”
Donations can be made at collections at church services and cheques can also be made out to Holy Trinity Malvern.