‘Graham brought us together’ – Class of 1967 from Letchworth’s former Norton School to reunite annually in aid of Garden House Hospice Care
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An ex-pupil of Letchworth’s former Norton School who prompted his classmates to reunite after more than 40 years has sadly died – and his old schoolfriends are now set to hold annual reunions in aid of the hospice where he spent his last days.
Graham Lyth, who died on December 11 aged 60, was terminally ill when he organised the class of 1967 reunion held in September.
He asked that collections be made for Garden House Hospice Care, along with a fundraising raffle – and £500 has now been presented to the Letchworth-based hospice, with annual reunions set to continue the support for years to come.
Donna Lombardo, who has taken over from Graham as reunion co-ordinator, told the Comet the class of 1967 would always be in his debt.
“Graham was a very caring person with a unique sense of humour,” she said. “He will be greatly missed by his school friends, who will forever be in his debt for bringing old friendships together once more.
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“As a consequence, the reunion is to be held annually, and we are sure Graham will be with us in spirit on each occasion.
“We will raise a glass to him and continue to contribute towards the wonderful work of Garden House Hospice Care.”
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Jordan Russell from Garden House Hospice Care said: “It is wonderful that Graham connected so many school friends after 40 years apart. We are grateful and honoured that they are making it an annual event in memory of their dear friend. We couldn’t provide our free services without people like Donna and her friends supporting us in this way.”
A fund in the name ‘Graham Lyth (Norton School Reunion)’ has been set up at the hospice. Call 01462 679540 or see ghhospicecare.org.uk.