Work is underway at Uplands Special Needs School in North Swindon to build a place to remember four children who have died this year, and help is needed to cover the cost of materials.
Garden designer Jill Blackwood, who agreed to get involved after being approached by Swindon Link, has come up with a design and over twenty staff from Zurich will be doing site preparation on 25 August.
What’s needed is donations of materials – hardcore, sand and paving slabs, wood for raised beds, trees and shrubs – or cash to purchase it with.
Artist Gordon Dickinson has been commissioned to create a sculpture representing young people supporting and caring for each other.
Jill said she aimed to create an outdoor sanctuary. “There will be a lawn and planting beds, a gathering point by the sculpture and another space where up to 15 people can meet and reflect.
“A lot of paving is required to allow several wheelchairs to access the site at the same time and this will be quite costly.”
Headteacher Jackie Smith said she is delighted Zurich staff are taking on the challenge. “They’ll do a substantial amount of the heavy work, but we’re also looking for donations of materials or money so that we can dedicate the garden in the Autumn. It will give us a positive focal point to remember our pupils by.”
Zurich staff are also fundraising and the company is doubling its usual matching contribution to 100 per cent. On 25 June a parents and staff snooker evening at the 147 Club raised £1,000.
To help the Uplands project contact Jackie Smith on 01793 493910 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, Jill Blackwood, centre, showing her design to Jackie Smith, right, and Lynn-Marie Tomlin and Joe Rowe who will lead the Zurich team