THE campaign to raise �7,000 to replace a stolen statue in memory of four boys has received a welcome boost from three councillor's donations.

Cllrs Simon Dudley, Andrew Jenner and Adam Smith, all of Maidenhead Riverside ward, have contributed �1,500 of their joint �2,250 member's budget towards the reinstatement of the Companion's Statue, which depicted a boy and a dog.

The bronze statue commemorated the life of Andrew Watts, Lee Powell, Daniel Howton and Michael Taylor who died on a school skiing trip in 1988.

The statue, which previously stood at Ray Mill Island, at Boulters Lock, was stolen and cut to pieces in October last year.

Cllr Dudley said: "Like everyone in the community I was shocked by the theft and I hope that this contribution will help put a new statue in place." Cllr Smith said: "The theft of the statue was a callous act but residents are showing their generosity in donating to the memorial and we, as councillors, are glad to help." The Altwood CofE School, of which the boys were former pupils, have a host of activities planned to raise money for the replacement statue.

People wishing to donate to the cause can send a cheque to Altwood Church of England School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU, made payable to the Altwood School Fund. Donations should be marked 'Memorial Fund' on the envelope or back of the cheque.

Alternatively, people can donate online at www.rbwm.gov.uk