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Monday, 22 December 2014

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West Cumbria school's memorial garden honours inspirational student

A memorial garden has been created by Maryport’s Netherhall School for an inspirational student.

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MEMORIAL GARDEN: From left: teacher Leah Stones, pupils Emily Trimble, Chantelle Steele, Jordan Steele, Sophie Trimble and Nikita Steele, and teacher Carole Miller

The garden has been set up in memory of Rebecca Marnock, the 15-year old Furnace Lane girl who died of a brain tumour earlier this year.

Her form teacher Leah Stones said Rebecca’s attitude to her illness and her determination to carry on with life had been an inspiration to all.

The school raised £4,000 to help Rebecca and her family have a holiday before she died.

The money also allowed the creation of a peaceful room to which Rebecca and her friends could withdraw if she needed time out, which was necessary because the teenager refused to miss a day at school.

That same money has been used to create the garden which was open last week.

Rebecca’s family and friends attended a ceremony to open the garden and released hundreds of pink balloons in her memory.

Any cash left over will go to Cash for Kids, a charity nominated by Rebecca’s parents.

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