Article last updated : 21/05/2009
Memorial Bench at St Mary's School
Katie attended St Mary's C of E Primary School in Woodham Ferrers and loved her time there. There is now a bench at the school in her memory.
Please read the story of the bench and an interview with her half brothers Toby and Charlie.
After Katie's passing her Mum decided that a good use for some of Katie's savings would be to put the money towards a memorial at St Mary's School. A memorial bench seemed a great tribute.
Katie's half brothers Toby and Charlie were interviewed about the day the bench arrived by the Friends of Katie Website and below is the transcript....
Also, on the day of the bench's delivery Katie's Dad said a few words and here is some of what he said:- "Jo and I were always immensely proud of everything Katie did in her life. We were especially proud that she managed to gain a place at Westcliff High School and pleased the way she took to life there almost seamlessly. However, none of this would have been possible without the excellent grounding this wonderful school gave her. The many times I visited the school be it for the Summer Fete, the Christmas Shows or to make a fool of myself at the Sport's Day I was always struck by what a lovely atmosphere there was and there were always plenty of smiles. I recently overheard Mrs Grocock say of the school 'We maybe small but we are perfectly formed' – How true that is. Katie loved her time here and I am sure that this bench will be a fitting tribute to Katie's life and in particular her time here at St Mary's and that Toby and Charlie continue to enjoy their time here and to make Katie proud."
Ironically, one of Katie's favourite silly games would be rushing up to memorial benches, covering up the plaque and then asking us to guess the name, age and sex of the person - typical Katie but such fun. Let's hope the bench at St Mary's provides fun and also a constant reminder of one of their much loved former pupils.
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