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sophierolf400A children’s playground which has been created in memory of Sophie Rolf will be officially named the ‘Butterfly Garden’ at a special opening ceremony at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on 14th December.

The playground, which has been funded by the Sophie Rolf Trust, KissyPuppy, is part of a programme at the Hospice to increase the services available to children and young people.

Jo Blackburn, chief executive at Earl Mountbatten Hospice said:

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“It’s almost one year since Sophie passed away and we are extremely honoured to be celebrating her memory with the opening of the Butterfly Garden.

“Everyone who donated to KissyPuppy – who in turn have funded the project – has played such an important part in making the playground a reality.  Sophie was very enthusiastic about the idea when she was a visitor to the Hospice, and helped with some of the fundraising, which makes the project so very special.”

The Butterfly Garden will be opened by a very special guest on the day of the Hospice Christmas Fair, which takes place in the John Cheverton Centre. Along with children’s entertainers Dazzle and Fizz, who will be putting on a special Christmas show, there will be an appearance from Father Christmas and a chance for children to visit him in his grotto.

The new play area outside the Hospice’s John Cheverton Centre will feature equipment including a clatter bridge, wobble board, timber team swing, a spinning saucer and swinging steps.

Jo continued:

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“We want as many people as possible to come along on the day and share this special occasion.

“This is a celebration and a tribute to Sophie’s strength and determination, and that of her family.”

The Butterfly Garden will be opened at 11:00, and the Christmas Fair will continue until 15:00.

Sophie’s mum Gemma added:

“The playground will be a lovely space for any child visiting the Hospice to enjoy.

“Sophie would have loved it and we hope there are lots of children who will enjoy it for many years to come.”

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