Garden opened in memory of brave little Lila

Mum Sarah Langley and dad Jimmy Vincent with friends and family at the opening
Mum Sarah Langley and dad Jimmy Vincent with friends and family at the opening

A MEMORIAL garden has been opened for Lilablu Langley-Vincent who lost her battle with cancer last year.

Three-year-old Lilablu, known as Lila, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma just before Christmas 2008. The brave little girl attended nursery at Bourne School and her teacher Claire Munro and mum Sarah Langney decided to open a garden in Lila’s memory.

A mosaic rainbow, made by Lila’s dad Jimmy Vincent, and a plaque with pictures of Lila’s favourite things were mounted on a wall in the garden. The garden, which was previously an area of concrete, was made possible by a healthy eating grant of £2,050 from NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald. Fruit, vegetables and herbs have now been planted in raised flower beds.

Mum Sarah said, “We wanted a memorial garden for Llia and this will also benefit the children of the future.”

Children and staff from the nursery at Bourne School invited Sarah and Jimmy to the school for the opening of the garden.

Sarah has thanked her friend Hannah McMillan and Newies News in Langney Road for their help with fundraising for the memorial plaque.

Sarah will be fundraising in the town centre today (July 22) and Saturday. She will be collecting for the Neuroblastoma Alliance in the pedestrianised area of Terminus Road as part of Neuroblastoma Awareness Week.