Local dignitaries, friends, family and school friends joined Nikki, Keziah’s mum, at this morning’s ceremony at Hawthorn Meadows.
Mr David Randini was asked to speak on behalf of Nikki ahead of the ribbon cutting by Keziah’s friend, Oscar. It was then time for a very special tree to be planted in memory of the youngster, who was sadly killed by her father at their home in June 2016.
The new garden, named Bumble Bee Garden, features a variety of play equipment, plants, trees and a bench for people to sit and reflect on.
Keziah’s classmates have been directly involved in the creation of the garden by placing their handprints on a arch sign, which has been made by local business The Forge. Those classmates were invited across from Queensgate Primary School to play in the garden this morning.
Nikki has said:
“Opening this garden today is really emotional for me.
“Keziah was a pretty, funny, friendly and outgoing ordinary little 6-year-old girl. To me, however, she was a magical, loving, miracle child. She enjoyed playing with friends, dancing, swimming and singing.
“However by far her favourite thing to do was give gifts. Christmas, Easter, birthdays and the end of summer term were always an expensive time in our house. For this reason opening this garden today will be a precious memory. This is her gift to everyone. With the plants and play equipment it appeals to all of the community.
“So much love, kindness, sacrifice and hard work has gone into this garden and I hope it brings the community together, in making friends and having fun.
“I would like to say thank you to all who’ve taken part in achieving this garden. From the original idea, the town council support, local councillor support, the Keziah Kindness admin team and each of the suppliers in the garden.
“Most importantly thank you to those amazing people who bought raffle tickets, donated prizes, cycled, held collection boxes and encouraged us to achieve this when we struggled. For the love, kindness and encouragement I thank you form the bottom of my heart.
“As for Keziah, I know she’ll be so proud of what we’ve all achieved as a community and she’d send love and hugs to all. Thank you”.