FUNDRAISING is underway for a sculpture made from recycled horseshoes.

The idea for the Pershore War Horse Memorial Project was forged by Sue Cosnett and is backed by Wychavon District Council.

The horse will be designed and created by local blacksmith Steve Ellis Cooper.

The hope is to gain as much local support as possible the group’s target is to raise £12,000 by the end of October to cover the cost of the build, with the surplus funds being donated to veterans charity Combat Stress.

Sue Cosnett, of Lancelott Court, Pershore said: “Last year marked the centenary of the First World War and as someone who’s lived in Pershore all my life I wanted to do something positive to mark the occasion within my local community.

“The design itself will reflect not only our fallen heroes but also the huge number of animals that also died alongside them.”

The logo shows a purple poppy which depicts the loss of thousands of animals during the war and will be incorporated into the design.

Sue added: “It would be great to have as much local support as possible and we’re calling on all local residents to help – your community needs you.

“I am hoping to gain as much support as possible from the local community, schools and businesses.

“This sculpture will be a lasting legacy and reminder for many generations to come.

“Any surplus funds after will go towards combat stress mental health.”

You can donate to the cause by visiting

So far the fundraising page has raised an impressive £1,424 towards the target.

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