Published: 06:00, 14 May 2021
A crowdfunder has raised thousands of pounds for a memorial bench in honour of PCSO Julia James.
The much-loved mum and grandmother was killed while out walking her dog in Snowdown, near Canterbury, on the afternoon of April 27.
Callum Wheeler, a 21-year-old from nearby Aylesham, has since been charged with her murder and is due to stand trial in November.
As police investigations into Julia's death continue, a fundraising page has been set up with the aim of raising money so her family can erect memorial benches in her memory.
The page's organiser wrote: "Julia was a positive beautiful person with so much to give to others.
"With this in mind and after speaking with the family of Julia, a bench or two in a beautiful location would be a lovely way to honour her memory.
"Julia made such an impact on so many people and after dedicating much of her life serving the community as a brilliant police community support officer.
"This gesture will make a small but worthy token in giving something back to Julia."
The crowdfunder was launched with the target of raising £1,000, but has already amassed more than £3,000 in donations from those deeply moved by the 53-year-old's death.
One donor wrote: "Rest in peace Julia. I did not know you but your tragic story has touched my heart."
Another wrote: "Such a terrible tragedy! Our hearts ache for your beautiful family and friends. RIP Julia James."
Meanwhile, mass walks are being organised across the country in memory of Julia. They will take place at 10am on May 23.
Visit the fundraising page here.