Garden will keep memory of tragic Connor alive

NRHNBE120312d1, Princes trust at Marlpool coppice school. Tom Smith, Danny Pollard, Sam rigley, Gareth Cain Therayza Stone and Kurt Haywood.
NRHNBE120312d1, Princes trust at Marlpool coppice school. Tom Smith, Danny Pollard, Sam rigley, Gareth Cain Therayza Stone and Kurt Haywood.

A COLOURFUL garden is due to be unveiled at Coppice Primary School in Heanor today in memory of a pupil who died.

Football-mad Connor Powers was just eight years old when he died of leukaemia in June last year.

This week a group of eight 16 to 25 year-olds from the Ilkeston Prince’s Trust team have been building a garden in his honour as part of a 12-week community project, after being contacted by the Roper Avenue school.

Deputy head teacher at Coppice Primary Jane Bowley, said: “Connor was a lovely boy, always smiling and always attending when he could - even though he was ill.

“We wanted to remember him in the school and we want to remember him for his determination.”

Connor’s Garden will feature a host of red and white flowers to match the strip of his favourite football team, Liverpool FC.

The once concrete slabbed small area to the rear of the school is set to be repaved, with a mural displaying Connor’s favourite TV show Power Rangers, added to a side wall.

Connor’s younger brother Kieran, in year six at the school, helped choose the design.

Each class at the Roper Avenue school will make a commemorative plant pot for the much-loved school pupil.

The busy Princes Trust Team, working together on the team-building course, were also due to put in place numerous plants and even a water feature.

On Monday, Kurt Haywood, 24, of Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, who is the team’s project manager for the garden, said: “It’s going to look lovely by the time it’s done - I’m definitely looking forward to the unveiling.”

As part of the course the Prince’s Trust team, based at the Field Lane campus in Ilkeston, had to plan, raise funds for and carry out a project in the community by working together.

Team 134 raised £600 for the project through fundraising events. In February they packed bags at Tesco, did a sponsored car wash, completed sponsored walks and even an abseil to raise the funds.

The school also put in £700 towards the project, which the Prince’s Trust team only began building last week.

Team member Danny Polard, of Derby Road, Ilkeston, said: “It has been really brilliant. The school gave us some idea of what they wanted and we put some ideas into it as well. It’s been tough, but worth it.”