Mark Slatter is a lifelong Forest Row resident, and is looking to get the help of local businesses in building a lasting memorial to his nephew, Hugo Palmer.

Hugo was also a Forest Row boy. Three months ago, aged just 20, Hugo and his best friend Erwan Ferrieux disappeared from a beach north of Sydney, Australia. Despite an extensive search, they were never found. Police concluded they entered the sea and were caught in a rip tide. The lives of Hugo’s family and everyone who knew him have been changed forever.

Hugo had a huge zest for life and a passion for skateboarding.  His family and friends, want to build a memorial the whole community can enjoy in his name.  They wish to develop and extend the skate park in Forest Row. The local council have given their blessing as the current site is over-subscribed, and they’ve agreed a site for the extension.

They need to raise the money – £30,000 to be precise – and with the community behind them, they’ve made a flying start. They have  raised £10,000 in donations in just a few weeks, and are planning lots of fundraising events over the summer, including the Three Peaks Challenge, 10k swims, yoga days and music nights.

They are also setting up a CIC – the Hugo Palmer Community Interest Company – to manage the project, through fundraising to planning, design and build.

“We know that we can do this, and celebrate the life of our brilliant son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend in the best possible way. But we need your help, and would be as grateful for a donation as we would be you joining us to spread the word about this project, which will not only be a place to remember Hugo, but also benefit the community greatly. As you may already be aware a new youth centre has just been completed next to the old skate park and the extension would finish off the site and make it a great place for the people of Forest Row to come together.”

As a way of saying thank you to any businesses that can donate to the park, a sign bearing their name and thanking them for their contribution to its creation will be erected at the entrance.

Below are some useful links.

Our JustGiving page:

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And some news coverage of the reason we’re doing this:


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