A postbox for grieving families has been introduced in the cemetery of St John’s Church in Irlam.

The ‘Letters to Heaven’ postbox was welcomed into St John’s graveyard on Saturday, February 11. The letterbox allows families to post letters to lost loved ones, offering peace and comfort to those suffering with grief.

The letters will then be blessed throughout the year by the clergy.

David Roddy, who organised and financed the letterbox, first heard about the ‘Letters to Heaven’ postboxes through a local woman called Lisa Seabrook, who first suggested the idea of having one in Irlam.

David, whose father is buried at the cemetery, said: “I know it’s hard to come to terms with the loss. He was my best friend.”

Dave contacted multiple charities about funding the project, but had no success, leaving him to fund the project singlehandedly. Local firm, Adrian Picken and ISM Fabrications supported the project and donated the stands for free in time for Mother’s Day on March 19.

The letter attached to the bottom of the postbox reads as follows: “Thank you for taking a moment to stop by our special postbox.

“Whether you wish to write to your loved one on the day of an important anniversary or have no specific reason for doing so this is a dedicated place for posting your letter.”

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