LOTTERY money will pay for a memorial to Ellesmere Port pupil Jordan Rose, who died last year after a 10-month battle with leukaemia.
The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £6,200 to the project to remember the pupil who attended Ellesmere Port’s Church of England Academy.
The money will enable the school to design and build an eco-friendly memorial garden which will provide a safe and secure area for pupils and the local community.
The garden, on the school’s North site, will include a rose bush, a plaque for Jordan, structures which will be made by students, pots with fruit trees and flowers which can be taken to the school’s new build.
Design is due to begin after the Easter holidays and the school is asking members of the community to come forward to help build it.
Jordan Rose, of Acre Road, Great Sutton died in October last year, days before he would have turned 16.
More than 150 classmates gathered to mark his birthday, setting off balloons and lanterns in memory of their friend.
Kevin McDermott Principal at the Academy said: "We are very thankful to the National lottery for this funding to build this important memorial garden for Jordan Rose and I know with the dedication and support provided within the Academy community we will create a garden to be proud of filled with memories of a very special student that will never be forgotten.”
Chloe Thorpe, the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics co-ordinator said: “I would like to thank the National Lottery for the grant which is enabling us to build a special memorial garden for one of our wonderful students.
“It was important for Jordan's family and friends to have somewhere peaceful now to remember him by.
“Not only will the garden provide an area for students to reflect on their time with Jordan, but it will provide a peaceful, reflective area for students to enjoy and embrace within their school grounds.”