Ivy House School have proudly opened their new memorial garden, with a warm welcoming from the school community.
The Derby-based special school has been raising funds over the past two years, with the aim of creating a garden to celebrate the lives of children who have sadly passed away during their time at the school.
Thanks to the generosity of the school community, they have developed a beautiful environment for staff, students and families to visit and reflect about loved ones' past and present.
Headteacher Ian Armstrong commented: “I cannot thank you, your friends and your family enough for making this an incredible success. I am so proud of you all and to be part of this school.”
The garden area ensures that families of those who have lost children during their time at Ivy House School know they are still a valued and a welcome part of our school family.
Following the grand opening, the school’s summer fair kicked off the end of school year celebrations which, thanks to the tireless planning and preparation by staff members, was a giant success.
The school raised a monumental amount – around £2000 – to continue to develop their memorial garden and will now be asking for ideas on what this money should be spent on.
Addressing parents and carers at the school, Mr Armstrong concluded: “From the opening of the memorial garden which was such a moving and special occasion to the absolute triumph of the summer fair. It has been so incredible to have the school community all come together.”
Shaw Education Trust have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown and we would like to thank everyone who has been able to support the school’s memorial garden so far. If you would like to donate or share the link to raise additional funds, visit the Ivy House School fundraising page here.