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Abbotsholme Pupils help with London memorial garden project for unsung hero

Published Monday 6th of June 2016 10:31:44 AM

On Wednesday 25th May, a group of Abbotsholme Year 10 students went to Westminster to help create an important memorial garden to unsung hero Mary Seacole. This new memorial at St. Thomas’ Hospital, opposite the Palace of Westminster is a tribute to Mary Seacole who worked during the Crimean War at the same time as Florence Nightingale, but who did not receive due recognition for her efforts because she was a Jamaican/British woman. Four Abbotsholme pupils - Ben and Phoebe Broughton from Ashbourne, Derbyshire and Henry Walker, from Newcastle, and Amanda Clough from Uttoxeter, both in Staffordshire - responded to an appeal made by the project leaders for volunteers to help create the garden as the project fits in perfectly with our Round Square ideals of service and environmentalism. A team of seven in total helped to create the garden, and our four pupils worked for six hours to help shape this memorial. The project, the brainchild of Mr Curtis Blondel, expressed his enormous gratitude and was very complimentary about the way that the pupils conducted themselves during the day and how hard they worked. Mr Amison, a teacher at Abbotsholme who accompanied them said, “The students should be very proud of their contribution and it is wonderful that they will be able to return to the garden in the future and see the fruits of their labours.”
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