GENEROUS people in Huddersfield gave their full backing to an appeal launched in the wake of an horrific crime.
Money poured into a special fund set up by The Examiner after the appalling Birkby house fire, which claimed the lives of eight people - five of them young children.
Much of that money was to be shared out in Huddersfield.
It was used to pay for projects at three Huddersfield schools and a college.
Generous benefactors Huddersfield gave more than £23,300 to the appeal after The Examiner launched it in June 2002.
The feeling was that the events of May 12 had devastated not just a family but the entire community.
When a gang of arsonists attacked a family home in Osborne Road, Birkby, in the early hours, they not only killed eight people but left a scar for life.
Every sector of the community of Huddersfield was appalled by the actions of the killers.
And the depth of feeling was demonstrated by the response to the appeal.
Within a month, more than £18,000 had been given to the fund - and more money poured in.
The trustees of the appeal - Examiner news editor Neil Atkinson and local councillors Mehboob Khan and Annie Smith - agreed it should pay for special memorial services and funerals for the victims.
Thousands of people attended one of the services at the McAlpine Stadium in July. The bodies were then flown to Pakistan for a Muslim burial, again after a service attended by thousands.
Most of the balance of the fund was to be shared out to pay for projects to benefit young and old.
* New playground equipment at Birkby Infant School
* A library and reading corner at Birkby Junior School
* An annual prize and a memorial seat at Fartown High School
* An annual prize for students at Huddersfield New College.
Clr Khan said: "We liaised with the relatives of those who died in the tragic fire and decided to do something for the schools and college that the young victims attended.
"We and the family hope that, through these efforts, there will be lasting memorials to the victims of the fire.
"They will be remembered for years to come and hopefully, young people growing up in this area will know who they were."