24th Oct, 2016

New play area opened in memory of Hampton mum

Evesham Editorial 27th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MEMORIAL area to remember an Evesham mum who died in a tragic road accident has been opened by her family and friends.

Hampton mum of three Diana Burgess (pictured) died after the accident in October 2012 and since her passing, family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise the cash needed to open the area.

The chosen spot, a family friendly seating area on the Sheppey playing fields in Cropthorne, is close to the spot where Mrs Burgess would often go with daughters Hannah, Eve and Emma.

Her husband Kevin was on hand for the opening of the seating area which includes a large bench, a small table and four small animal shaped pods for youngsters to sit on.

Tewkesbury based sculptor Tom Harvey brought the designs to life for the area which was made possible thanks to a rich variety of fund-raising ideas.

Family and friends even peeled off for a tasteful naked calendar at locations around the Vale which featured red high heels, a favourite of Diana’s.

A murder mystery night was also held and the fund-raisers were also supported by an array of local businesses.

They have also been supported by local groups including the Cropthorne Walkabout committee, who donated £350 to enable the group to order another animal stool.

Close friend Sally Mothersole said the group were delighted to have reached the stage where people can enjoy the area and thanked all those who had contributed to the appeal.

“I think Diana’s memorial area will show to everyone who visits, strangers and friends alike, just how much Diana was truly loved by so many people.” she said.

“I hope when people visit here, they will feel welcomed in, feel Diana’s warmth and hear her infectious laugh travelling in the wind through the trees.”

At the opening event Mr Burgess, spoke a few words of thanks and cut the ribbon with Mrs Mothersole, who said she believed her friend would have been proud by what they achieved.

“I think this journey has brought people together, made people laugh, made people face their fears and above all, everyone has had a right old giggle.

“I don’t like to presume but I think Diana would be tickled pink at what we’ve all achieved together.” she added.

Family and friends gathered for the opening. Picture by Andrew Jackson of Timelock Photography

Diana Burgess from Evesham died in a crash on the A46. (s)