AN appeal set up after a terrible crime in Huddersfield has received a big cash boost.
And now trustees of the Birkby Family Appeal Fund want the public to decide how best to spend it.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has given the appeal fund £12,690.
It is to compensate for the money paid out by the fund for memorial and funeral services for the eight tragic victims of the terrible arson attack on a Birkby house in May, 2002.
The donation has pushed the total left in the fund to £14,388.
Now, the trustees are asking Examiner readers to suggest ways of using the money to benefit the entire community.
Previously, the fund has made large donations to three schools and a Huddersfield college attended by the young victims of the arson attack on the Chishti family home in Osborne Road.
It also paid for a memorial service at the McAlpine Stadium and for the victims to be flown to Pakistan for traditional Muslim burials.
Those expenses have been reimbursed by the compensation authority.
The survivors of the horrific fire have submitted independent claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and these are being considered.
One of the appeal fund trustees, Birkby councillor Mehboob Khan, said: "We were invited to apply to the authority for reimbursement and we are delighted they have agreed.
"We want to hear from anyone with ideas how this money can best be used. Ideally, it should be something to benefit a number of people, but also be a suitable memorial to the victims of one of the worst-ever crimes in our town."
One idea is for a memorial garden outside St John's Church.
The church is only 100 yards from the scene of the blaze and was used for two memorial services.
The vicar, the Rev Martin Lowles, said: "The church had a big part to play after the fire and a garden would be a good tribute."
Muhammad Shafique - who escaped from the blazing house - said:
"We were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of people in Huddersfield after the fire and this is a wonderful fund."
Send ideas about how to spend the money to Neil Atkinson, News Editor, at the Huddersfield Examiner, Queen Street South, Huddersfield HD1 2TD. Or e-mail to email@example.com