Memorial hope for a tireless Scarborough campaigner

Nick passed away last year aged 46
Nick passed away last year aged 46

A friend of popular Scarborough man Nick Earnshaw has thanked the public for their donations.

Maggie Short, a friend of Nick and his family, launched a fundraising campaign in November to have a seat placed opposite South Cliff Post Office dedicated to Nick and his achievements.

Now, just two months after Maggie shared her idea, several donations have been made and £485 out of £1,500 has been raised.

"Thank you for all of your donations so far. We are one third of the way there and I hope we can raise the amount by April," Maggie added.

Last year tributes were paid to Nick, who passed away on April 22, aged 46.

He was well known for a campaign he launched in 1998 to have a crossing installed on Filey Road, at the junction with Westbourne Grove and Prince of Wales Terrace.

After five years of determination, 10,000 signatures and the backing of MP David Blunkett, his dream became a reality.

Maggie said: “Nicky was a remarkable young man, stubborn and determined but loved and admired by all who knew him.

"He was a character around Scarborough and loved talking about his achievements. Nicky had a short life but he did more in those years than it was possible to imagine.

"With the help of family and friends we would like to have a seat dedicated to him. We need to raise £1,500 and hope to have reached this target by the anniversary of Nicky’s death.”

Nick’s passion for the road crossing stemmed from a serious accident when he was just four-years-old.

Maggie said: “He had an accident when he was at Wheatcroft playschool with our children and he ran out into Filey Road and was knocked down. He was in hospital for a long time in a coma but he eventually came round and was brought back home, but always had problems.

“He was stubborn and wouldn’t use a stick as he was determined that he would walk again.”

Despite being in pain most days, Nick still worked tirelessly to help others and raise money for charity.

Maggie hopes to have a simple dedication on the bench outlining that Nick fought for the safety of people and the bench is to remember him from his friends and those who loved him.

Funds can be donated at the Skipton Building Society with reference ‘Nicky’s seat’ or alternatlvly email Maggie for more information at cageyshort@hotmail.com