A businesswoman who took over the running of her late mother’s tea rooms, says she feels “privileged” and “overwhelmed” at the placing of a special memorial bench in Wyndham Park.
Since 2007, the Old Pavilion Tea Rooms at the park had been run by Jenny Sutherland, who sadly passed away from cancer in December.
Her daughter Cindy decided to give up her own coffee shop business in Brighton and return to Grantham in order to take over the running of the tea rooms.
Now Jenny’s long connection to the park has been honoured. “Last Friday we were privileged enough to see a wonderful bench positioned within Wyndham Park in remembrance of my mum,” said Cindy.
“On behalf of myself and all my family, we are overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness and support that everyone within the community, the local council and Wyndham Park Forum have shown myself and my family.”
“The positioning of the bench is perfect and the paint job and plaque is fabulous. Mum always loved spending time at the paddling pool as a child, as did we as kids. Before mum passed, all she wanted to do was to sit by the water and watch the sun. Therefore this location seemed perfect, between the two things she enjoyed the most.
“I know my mum would be so taken back by all of this and she truly deserved it. She was a wonderful person and great mum, and now she will be remembered by all.”
Alongside friends and family, Cindy has recently taken part in the Chester half-marathon, and as a result raised more than £2,000 for St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham, which gave care and support to the family.
Meanwhile, Cindy continues to receive support from the public as part of a petition to keep her at the tea rooms.
Earlier this year, Cindy was given notice to leave the business, the lease of which comes under the remit of Wyndham Park Bowls Club, by September 30.
The petition is being kept at the tea rooms and has so far gained around 300 signatures.