Barnsley Family Hope to Inspire Others In Memory of Their Mum

6th January 2020

The family of proud Barnsley woman Kath Scarfe decided to make a special memorial donation in her name to help preserve the town’s heritage. They hope it will inspire others to give similar support to Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust.

They asked their relatives and friends to make a donation to BMHT instead of buying funeral flowers after the 93-year-old passed away. It raised a fantastic £200. It was decided that this would be put towards improvements at Cannon Hall Museum and Gardens, where Kath used to take her own three children for picnics.

Kath was a retired House Mother at a former children’s home in Gawber. Her son Adrian, aged 62, (pictured above) explained a donation to BMHT in lieu of flowers was the suggestion of his older brother Alan, after he visited Experience Barnsley museum.

“We thought it was a great idea because my mum was Barnsley born and bred. She was proud to come from the town and would have loved the idea of us making the donation in her name.

We were really pleased when they decided to put the money towards something at Cannon Hall because, when we were kids, she used to take us for picnics. So we have fond memories of being there with mum. It will be special every time we return.

It would be nice if other people considered donating towards the Trust because it’s all part of our heritage, our past and our future so I hope others think of that as an idea for donating.”

Adrian, Kath’s son

Paul Jagger, Chair of BMHT said: “We would like to thank Mrs Scarfe’s family for making this generous donation to Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust in her memory. It will help us to ensure that Barnsley’s wonderful heritage is safeguarded and celebrated for future generations to enjoy and I hope that this will be a legacy that his mum would be really proud of. Thank you.”

Donations to BMHT help us to continue to preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future. Here are some of the ways you can donate to BMHT.

Barnsley Family Hope to Inspire Others In Memory of Their Mum