In the heart of Glenburn Sports College is a memorial garden dedicated to remembering 14 year old Alan Ashcroft who passed away in 2004 whilst a pupil at the school.
Rosie Cooper MP has met with Jackie Ashcroft, Alan’s mother, to discuss her concerns about what could happen to the memorial garden in light of the consultation on Glenburn Sports College. Rosie and Jackie visited the memorial garden located in the central schoolyard on the site.
Both Alan and his sister Amy attended Glenburn Sports College. It was Amy who designed the memorial garden that was built and officially opened in 2006.
MP Rosie said:
“Having met with Jackie, I know how sensitive and important the memorial garden is to the Ashcroft family and to everyone who knew Alan.
“Having this memorial garden is another demonstration of how Glenburn Sports College is at the very heart of the community it serves.
“I have written to Lancashire County Council to raise Jackie’s concerns and to ensure that Alan Ashcroft’s memorial garden and his memory is not forgotten in this consultation on the future of the school.”
Jackie Ashcroft said:
“Glenburn Sports College holds a special place in our family. They have always provided fantastic support to our children and our entire family.
“The memorial garden is the place we go to remember Alan. It is comforting to know we have a place close-by to remember Alan. On his birthday and the anniversary of his passing we place flowers there.
“It is deeply upsetting that we are now faced with the consultation on the future of the school and the uncertainty over Alan’s memorial garden.”