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Special garden tribute in Rawtenstall for brave Jack Heath
Mum, dad and sister, Elizabeth, Jason and Katie Heath with friends and family at the dedication of the memorial garden to Jack
A MEMORIAL garden for brave Jack Heath has been opened in Rawtenstall.
Jack, who would have been 14 last Monday, died on June 19 after an 11-year battle with the incurable genetic disorder, MPS II Hunter syndrome.
The garden, in Woodtop Chapel, off Bury Road, was opened by his parents, Elizabeth and Jason, and eight-year-old sister Katie.
The service was conducted by lay preacher David Cragg, who also oversaw Jack’s funeral in June.
Mrs Heath said she was approached by Emma Turnbull and Geoff Ashworth from Ashworth and Baker Funeral Directors, which is based at the chapel, about dedicating an area to Jack.
She said: “They asked us a while back when they bought it if they could name the garden after Jack but of course we wanted to wait until he had passed away. It is a great honour and privilege to be asked and have this bestowed upon Jack.
“His friends and family were there and the timing was quite fitting as it would have been his birthday last Monday.
“They’ve done a really lovely job with the balloons at the end and the lovely stone.”
The stone is engraved with the words: “A precious son and special brother xx”.
Among those in attendance was former county councillor Peter Steen.
Jack, of Cotman Close in Britannia, was a pupil at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Stacksteads, and Tor View Community Special School, Haslingden.
More than 200 people packed into Acre Mill Baptist Church in Stacksteads on June 26 to say farewell.
Hunter syndrome, which affects roughly one in 150,000 people, left Jack deaf, dumb, incontinent, confined to a wheelchair and in need of 24-hour care.
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