Remembering Abigail

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Remembering Abigail

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School: Whitburn Village School
Location: Sunderland
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Classmates at Whitburn Village School near Sunderland were deeply upset when their friend Abigail Curry died of leukemia aged just seven.  They wanted to do something they knew she would love and set about raising money for a special memorial at the school.

Head teacher Enid Fairbrother confirmed: “Abigail’s mam knew we were trying to revamp our school garden and suggested a mermaid as Abigail loved mermaids.  Abigail’s illness had gone on for some time and she was incredibly brave.  She was a very ‘girly’ little girl and loved anything anything sparkly or pretty.

“We managed to buy a solar powered water feature with our memorial money and then the school gardening club suggested we make a mermaid mosaic. Our friend Dave Burnikell at Topps Tiles Sunderland gave us the tiles we needed and we asked our Y5 class to create the design. One of our parents worked with the children to make the mosaic and our caretaker attached it to the garden fence where it looks absolutely fabulous. We’ve got some tiles left and are now planning to add a seaside design, possibly a lighthouse or seagulls as we are so close to the coast”.

Pictured: Whitburn School artists (L-R) Chloe Moore,9; Holly Stoner,10; Sarah Oliver,9 and Rachel Harle,9 invited Topps Tiles Sunderland to the special unveiling of Abigail’s mermaid mosaic. Dave Burnikell is shown left with store manager Shaun Scott and head teacher Enid Fairbrother.

Classmates at Whitburn Village School near Sunderland were deeply upset when their friend Abigail Curry died of leukemia aged just seven.  They wanted to do something they knew she would love and set about raising money for a special memorial at the school.
Head teacher Enid Fairbrother confirmed: “Abigail’s mam knew we were trying to revamp our school garden and suggested a mermaid as Abigail loved mermaids.  Abigail’s illness had gone on for some time and she was incredibly brave.  She was a very ‘girly’ little girl and loved anything anything sparkly or pretty.
“We managed to buy a solar powered water feature with our memorial money and then the school gardening club suggested we make a mermaid mosaic. Our friend Dave Burnikell at Topps Tiles Sunderland gave us the tiles we needed and we asked our Y5 class to create the design. One of our parents worked with the children to make the mosaic and our caretaker attached it to the garden fence where it looks absolutely fabulous. We’ve got some tiles left and are now planning to add a seaside design, possibly a lighthouse or seagulls as we are so close to the coast”.
Pictured: Whitburn School artists (L-R) Chloe Moore,9; Holly Stoner,10; Sarah Oliver,9 and Rachel Harle,9 invited Topps Tiles Sunderland to the special unveiling of Abigail’s mermaid mosaic. Dave Burnikell is shown left with store manager Shaun Scott and head teacher Enid Fairbrother.

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