Memorial bench for popular Gosport mum

REMEMBERED Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin
REMEMBERED Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin
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CARING staff at a community centre are raising cash to install a bench in memory of a popular Gosport mother.

Amy Dougan, from Weevil Lane, pictured with her daughter Francesca, will be remembered with the bench in the garden at the Nimrod Community Centre, in Nimrod Drive, Gosport.

She worked at the Magpies Pre-School Nursery in the centre before she died last October, aged 27, after a two-year fight with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Work has already been done to get the garden ready but the centre, along with Magpies and the Rowner Community Trust, need £500 for the bench, which will have a plaque.

Claire Redstone, administrator at Rowner Community Trust, said: ‘Amy played a vital role She was a member of the Magpies Pre-School staff and was also a friend of the staff there.

‘It would be somewhere nice so that she’s not forgotten about and the work she did when she worked for Magpies wasn’t forgotten.

‘It’s a nice tranquil area that someone can go, maybe with their thoughts, and consider life and think about what people in this community give.’

Amy’s stepfather, Vic Woods, 49, of Fairthorne Gardens, Gosport, was delighted.

He said: ‘It’s a great tribute to Amy to have this gesture go ahead. It’s brilliant because Amy worked at the Nimrod Centre and she was a key part of it when she was alive.

‘Her daughter Francesca went to Magpies, where Amy worked.

‘For them to raise this money and have a bench wil be a great tribute for Amy. She was a very popular girl.’

‘She had a lot of friends there and spent a lot of time in Rowner.’

The Nimrod Community Centre will host a hobby horse racing evening, charging £2 for entry or £4 with food, to raise cash to pay for the bench tomorrow at 7.30pm