A MEMORIAL to celebrate the life of Oswaldtwistle teenager Megan Lee who died after suffering a severe allergic reaction was unveiled during a special service at her school.

Friends, family and staff gathered at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington to remember the 15-year-old who died on New Year’s Day, two days after eating a takeaway meal.


The permanent memorial in the school grounds includes a willow sculpture above a bench with a pink plaque saying ‘in memory of Megan Lee. Always in our hearts’.

A blossom tree was also planted in front of the school by her family including parents Adam and Gemma and little brother Owen, seven.

Year 10 and 11 students gathered in the hall for the service led by school chaplain Father Lawrence Carson-Featham.

Guests entered the hall to the sound of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself, Memories by Shawn Mendes and music from Les Miserables while pictures of Megan were displayed on a screen.

Prayers and tributes were also read by some of her friends.

The Cantores choir sang Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton and Ave Maria while a collection was made in honour of the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

A dedication was read in the memorial garden which has been placed between the school and the sixth form centre.

Speaking after the ceremony Megan’s parents Adam, 35, and Gemma, 33, said it was ‘beautiful’ and ‘overwhelming’.

The couple are now fundraising for the Anaphylaxis Campaign and raising awareness of the dangers of allergies.

Mr Lee said: “The support from the students and staff has been phenomenal. We want to thank the school and community as a whole. They have really come out and supported us. We are extremely proud of Megan’s friends.”

Mrs Lee said: “We are really proud of Megan. Today was just an example of how loved she was.

“The tribute is really fitting with the pink and the ribbons. They have done a really good job. It is beautiful.”

Headteacher Richard Jones said: “Today was an occasion when the school came together to support the Lee family, to remember Megan and give thanks for her life in a memorial which was fitting, appropriate and emotional but most of all joyful.”