Pokémon Go players in Buxton raising cash for vandalised poppy wreath

The damaged poppy wreath at the cenotaph and Pokemon GO players are now fundraising to replace the wreath and a damaged bench in Pavilion Gardens
The damaged poppy wreath at the cenotaph and Pokemon GO players are now fundraising to replace the wreath and a damaged bench in Pavilion Gardens
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A group of Pokémon GO hunters in Buxton are fundraising to replace a vandalised poppy wreath and damaged bench.

The damage to the wreath at the cenotaph on The Slopes and the bench near the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens are popular Pokéstops - where players of the augmented reality game go to try and catch characters which are worth different points.

Fundraiser Oliver Hamnett, 29, from Harpur Hill, said: “I can’t believe someone would pull the poppies off a wreath of remembrance - it’s disgusting.

“We don’t know who has caused the damage or why it was done, but we know the places are popular in Pokémon GO and our worry is that it may have been done by other less thoughtful players.

“However it has been caused, we don’t want the game or the players to get a bad reputation in the town, so we are fundraising to replace both the wreath and the bench.”
Since the group decided to replace the items, which they estimate will cost £500, people have already donated £260.

Oliver, who works at Waitrose, said “A massive thank-you to everyone who has donated so far.”

Fellow Pokémon GO player Ryan Lowe said: “Let’s do the town proud.”
Oliver added: “My grandad fought in the war and I’m very passionate about remembering his service.

“This game has brought people together and it has been a great way to meet people, and I really hope the actions of a few - whoever they may be or for whatever reason - do not ruin the future of the game for others.”

There will be a fundraising event taking place on The Slopes on Saturday August 13, between 11am and 3pm, for those who want to contribute to the fund.

Anyone wishing to donate click here.

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