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Memorial garden opens for Megan

by Laura Johnston

A garden has opened at Halewood Academy in memory of former pupil Megan Hurley who sadly lost her life in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.

Megan’s school friends wanted to make sure memories of Megan live on and came up with the idea of creating a memorial garden at their school. After that, many people helped to make Megan’s Garden possible by raising money such as taking part in charity events, and helping to design and maintain the garden.

The garden was officially opened by Megan’s family members, mum and dad Joanne and Mike, and her brother Bradley, as well as local comedian John Bishop who has recently really got to know the family.

This beautiful place is now somewhere for students and staff to visit and sit and chat, reflect, study or socialise.

Mr Evans, Principal at Halewood Academy, said: “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Our aim is to keep Megan’s memory alive for students today and in the future. Future students will continue to look after and respect the gardens which represent Megan and the memories we all have of her.”

Megan’s family, Joanne, Mike, and Bradley, said: “We really don’t know where to begin in thanking everyone for their help and support over the last year. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Evans and all of his hand-working pupils, staff and parents at Halewood Academy who have worked so hard, going above and beyond in making Megan’s memorial garden the beautiful place that it is.

“We would also like to thank the community for all of their continued help and supporting during this difficult time. It means more than you will ever know. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”