We had asked Ashley to wait before donating as he had expressed a wish to support a specific, key element of our project. When the need for a new platform reared its head, he agreed that covering its costs would be a fitting tribute to his father.
Indeed, any eagle-eyed reader who owns a copy of the 2008 DVD, "The Peregrines of Derby Cathedral", may just recognise John. He briefly appears in it, looking up alongside fellow watchers at the peregrines on the tower above them.
Indeed, it was his son, Ashley Sims, who first approached us with a proposal to make the DVD and who then so generously gave the copyright to our project once his initial outlay had been recouped. We've sold hundreds of copies since 2008 and the profit has really helped us cover our costs alongside all the excellent individual donations we have received over the years.
He got a great deal of enjoyment out of your vision and work so it only seemed fitting to help in any way."
|View of the peregrine platform from one of our newly |
installed cameras. The cost of constructing this replacement
was met from a donation made in memory of John Sims.
And here's the first recording from our cleaned up and newly replaced platform, made by webcam watcher, Wendy Barter.