School pupils create touching tribute

A special plaque has been made by local school pupils for the Rose Garden of Remembrance at a Skelmersdale care home.

The plaque was presented by Lathom High School, Skelmersdale, to highlight the garden dedicated to remembering past residents of Birch Green.

Handing over the plaque – made in the design technology class – were pupils Aiden Parker and Harry Kolokotrone along with Richie Stephens, West Lancs Training Learning Tutor.

Resident Mildred Johnson of Birch Green recently buried her husband’s ashes and planted a rose in his memory, one of the growing number of people who have used the garden in this way.

Another resident, Edna Gregory said: “The garden is a lovely place to visit to feel close to your loved ones. The boys from that school are lovely boys and well dressed! It is especially nice in the summer when all of the roses bloom in the garden, the colours are very nice."

Debbie Stocks, Lathom High School Community Officer, said: “It was great seeing how people appreciated Harry and Aiden's work. I was so proud how well they represented Lathom High School. It's always lovely going to Birch Green.”

The purpose-built care home, which provides high quality nursing and residential care for 74 older people, established the Rose Garden of Remembrance as part of Dying Matters week earlier this year to provide a comforting area for people to use to remember their loved ones.

Birch Green General Manager Catherine Shawarby said: “This is a fitting addition to the garden which is designed to allow people to walk around, sit in quiet contemplation, or sit and chat with friends.

“Our residents find it an enjoyable place to spend quality time.”

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