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INTERVIEW: School raises £2,000 for garden in memory of little George who died in Heysham gas explosion

Pupils at St Patrick's Primary School present Janice Studholme with £2000 towards a Forget-Me-Not Garden in memory of her grandson George Hinds

A school has raised £2000 towards a community garden in memory of a two-year-old boy who died in a gas explosion at his home in Heysham.

Pupils from St Patrick's Primary School, close to little George Hinds' house on Mallowdale Avenue, presented the money to his nanna Janice Studholme on Tuesday.

They told Janice how they'd raised the money in just five days to help with the family's plans to create George's Community Forget-Me-Not Garden.

The pupils held a coffee afternoon and swimathons, and sold mocktails, ice cream sundaes, sweet cones, cakes and bookmarks to raise the money.

George, pictured below, lost his life in the explosion on May 16 2021, aged just two years and 10 months.

Beyond Radio spoke to Julie Murphy, acting head of St Patrick's, some of the children and Janice Studholme at the school on Tuesday

Miss Murphy, pictured below with Janice, said: "When George died it devastated our community and the school. The children were very concerned about what happened.

"The children can go and visit (the garden) for many years to come. It is a really lovely idea, that out of something tragic has come a beautiful garden to remember George."

Janice said: "I've got no words, really, that are enough. I am absolutely amazed at how they've done that in five days.

"We can do lots of things, we can buy trees and buy plants. When they come into the garden they will be able to see where there money has gone.

"We are going to put a plaque up in the garden to say that St Patrick's School children have raised money to help bring the garden together. We will do plaques for each person who has put towards the garden and make it into the shape of a forget-me-not.

"I'd like them to paint some pebbles, a memory pebble, and we're going to make a display. I've also asked them will they look after the garden for me when they get bigger.

"We will put a donation in to the school for the paint and pebbles for them to make them for us, so I'm giving some of that money back."

Janice is pictured below, right, with Julie Murphy, acting head of St Patrick's Primary School.

The land where George's house once stood has been cleared ready for the garden, and plans have been drawn up.

The community has rallied round George's parents Vicky and Steve, and the family with fundraising events and offers of support.

Janice has asked the community to form a team to build the garden once planning permission is granted.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, pupils from St Patrick's and Mossgate school at Heysham created artwork which has been turned into a mural on the fencing in front of the site.

Read more: INTERVIEW: Nanna's hopes for 'Forget-me-not' garden in memory of little grandson who died in gas explosion - Beyond Radio

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