Transgender Memorial Restored

Publish Date: 24/03/2014

The Transgender memorial in Sackville Gardens is restored and the area is safely lit up now, after being vandalised just days after it was unveiled.

The memorial, which was the first of its kind in the UK, was erected in August last year and funded by community group The Friends of Sackville Gardens. However, it was vandalised after being put up, which caused considerable tension in the area.
Wanting to help, officers from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) managed to secure some POCA funding which paid for most of the repairs.
Tony Cooper, Chair of The Friends of Sackville Gardens, said: “We worked closely with the Trans community to create a lasting memorial to those who have died because of prejudice and hate, and to then see that memorial vandalised within days was a true reflection of what many Trans people have to go through in daily life.
“GMP attended very quickly and we all tried hard to find the culprits, but to no avail. We are therefore grateful for the police donation to restore the damaged plaques, so that the memorial can look its best for ‘Sparkle’, the national transgender weekend in July.”      
As well as the memorial being vandalised, Sackville Gardens has been a hotspot for robberies and assaults over the years due to it not being lit at night.
PC David Willetts of the City Centre NPT said: “This has been a major issue for the community for a long time, and so I’m pleased to announce that lighting is now being paid for by the Manchester College, with assistance from The Lesbian and Gay Foundation. I’m confident that this measure will help greatly in reducing crime in the area.”
Martin Moscrop, Head of Shena Simon Campus at The Manchester College, said: “Shena Simon, who our campus is named after, felt that parks were important and campaigned for more open spaces in Manchester in the 1920s. Sackville Gardens is a great area of green space that is used by our students and the local community. The Manchester College is proud to put something back into the village and the local community by installing new lights to brighten up Sackville Gardens and make it a safer place for everyone.”
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