TEARS were flowing at the emotional opening of a memorial garden at a school which lost a colleague to cancer.
Workmates, friends and family of the late Julie Copley gathered at the beautiful garden in the grounds of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School on Friday.
Julie was headteacher Graham Burks’ personal assistant, and he became choked up as her paid tribute to the “cheeky character” who died on February 13 last year. A monkey tree was chosen for the garden to represent this attribute.
Mr Burks explained: “It’s as if a little bit of her is still here.”
A bench with a plaque reading “Always smiling” was unveiled by her husband John, while a plaque by the monkey tree was unveiled by her mother.
An emotional John told the Journal the garden was “fantastic”.
He added: “It’s amazing, she would have really loved it. She loved working here, she thoroughly enjoyed it.
“She would have been made up with this.”
Shirley King also paid tribute to her colleague and friend. She said: “She will be forever missed and never forgotten.
“It’s nice to have a little memorial to her at the school.”
The celebration of mother-of-three Julie’s life was also used as an opportunity to make a £500 donation to the Journal’s Brick in the Wall Appeal for Grantham Hospice.
l Have you a heart-warming story to tell? Have you lost someone close and plan to do something special in their memory?
Call the Journal newsdesk on 01476 562291.