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YHA Donations to YHA Tanners Hatch
    25/10/2016 11:08

Donations to YHA Tanners Hatch

We are currently fundraising to give YHA Tanners Hatch a sympathetic renovation which will keep all the much-loved charm of the Grade II listed building but improve facilities to guests. This letter came in along with a donation for the project.

10th October 2016

Dear YHA

I am enclosing a cheque for £50 towards your Tanner's Hatch appeal on behalf of my Dad and myself.

Dad became a members of the renovation working party in 1946 when he returned from his war service and tells me that he was a "knocker-up" who assisted the plasterer. He spent many happy weekends there, as the cottage was gradually brought into a good enough condition to be used as a hostel. Dad subsequently stayed at Tanner's on many occasions during his cycling tours around the south-east and he remembers Noel Vincent and the warden's cottage - where Dad says the odd pheasant from the Polesden Lacey estate could sometimes be found being "hung" inside the well! Dad is now 99 and I'm sure those early cycling trips have contributed to his longevity. I visted Tanner's myself in the early 1970s on walking holidays in the area and I well remember the difficulties of a middle-of-the-night trip from a top bunk to the toilet block, guided only by a hurricane lamp. I'm delighted to hear that the toilets are scheduled for improvement!

Dad and I were lucky enough to go along to Tanner's 50th anniversary celebration and it's hard to believe that was already 20 years ago. We hope you reach your target and wish you every success with the refurbishment of this iconic and unique building.

With best wishes
Stuart Foulds
Wendy Foulds

If you'd like to donate to the Tanners Hatch appeal, you can find out more here.

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