Special garden is recognised at annual awards

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THE winning garden was created as a lasting legacy for a pupil who died of cancer.

Jodie Deeming went to City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, before her death at the age of only 14 last year.

She had been battling with rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Jodie had been diagnosed with the condition when she was 11. She died only a few weeks after her 14th birthday.

Saddened by the loss of a close friend and pupil, staff and students created the Garden of Reflection.

And it was voted winner of the Best Garden category at this year’s We Can Do It Awards.

Fighting back tears, students Alisia Falconer, Jessica Cheal, Lauren Donovan, Beth Collins, Gemma Ricketts and Jodie Payne went on stage to collect the award.

With them was teaching assistant Beth Sanderson.

She said: ‘I’m very proud they won this award.

‘It’s a great recognition for the girls who worked on the garden.

‘We all miss Jodie.’

The special garden, which is in the school grounds, has a mosaic of two dolphins – Jodie’s favourite animals.

There are also pink, blue and purple flowers framing a bench and trellises, which reflect Jodie’s favourite colours.

The dedicated garden provides a quiet place for pupils to reflect on friends or family they have loved and lost.

It was officially opened earlier this year.

A Groundforce-style makeover of Christopher Peers’ garden in Eastney, came runner-up in the category.

Staff from Southern Electric in Havant heard how Christopher, of Dunn Close, longed to enjoy his garden.

But Christopher, who has cerebral palsy and is deaf, struggled to get through all the weeds.

So the team surprised him earlier this year by arriving and giving his garden a tidy-up.

Staff had raised £200 to buy pots, plants, gravel and solar lights.