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Barnsley baby graves memorial fund grows

Unmarked graves at Barnsely Cemetery
Hundreds of babies are buried in the unmarked graves

A woman who is campaigning for a memorial to hundreds of babies buried in unmarked graves in Barnsley is half way to her target of raising £11,000.

Carole Taylor's daughter Michelle died in 1971 when she was a day old. She is one of many infants buried in unmarked public graves in Barnsley Cemetery.

Mrs Taylor, 68, only found out where her daughter was 10 years later.

She has raised almost £6,000 towards the £11,000 needed for a marble statue to mark the area where the graves are.

A sign has been put up on the land informing the public that it contains graves.

But Mrs Taylor wants to create a long-lasting memorial and, to boost her fundraising, she has taken on the former post office on Doncaster Road where she is selling second-hand items.

"So many mothers have been in touch with me who lost their babies and have since found out that they are buried here," she said.

"I am determined to raise this money. This memorial is for my daughter and all the other babies buried there, to make sure they are never forgotten."

A fundraising night to help her reach her target will be held on 8 July at East Dene Working Men's Club in Barnsley.

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