B’s Buttons – A Holocaust Memorial Project at the Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

Students at the Lakes School are currently working on a Holocaust Memorial Project.  The school is built on the site of the former Calgarth Estate, where the children arrived in 1945.

A Year 10 student came up with the idea of collecting buttons. She perceptively noted that buttons are all different and individual, just like the people who were killed in such awful circumstances.  ‘B’ felt that a memorial should recognise this individuality.

The students eventually decided to collect one and a half million buttons to reflect the children who perished in the Holocaust.  So far nearly 800,000 buttons have been sent with many from around the World but more are still needed.

If you have any spare buttons do please send them to The Lakes School, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1HW, United Kingdom.



Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2018

50 counting volunteers, including students, local councillors, members of the Lakes School Governing Body, representatives from the LDHP, Tim Farron MP, and members of the public from the local area gathered at the Lakes School to take part in counting the buttons.  By the end of the day 180,500 buttons had been counted!  Many thanks to all concerned.


Counting Buttons at the Lakes School

Laura Oram, Teacher & Robbie Gontarz, son of Holocaust Survivor

Laura Oram, Teacher with Robbie Gontarz, son of Holocaust Survivor

Tim Farron MP