Bodriggy Academy remember former pupil with a special garden
A young boy from Hayle who tragically died last year is being remembered by children and staff at the school he attended.
Caleb Hollow, a Year 6 pupil at Bodriggy Academy, was hit by a car while on his way to school in December 2012.
A special quiet area called Caleb’s Corner has been set up in the playground at the school, as a way to keep the 11-year-olds memory alive.
Mother, Dawn Chapman and her family were invited to open the memorial garden back in July, so that Caleb’s former classmates could enjoy the space before leaving for secondary school.
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Mrs Chapman said although it was a highly emotional day, she was thankful that Caleb was being remembered in such a way.
“What the children have done is absolutely fantastic. Caleb would be so proud to call them all his friends. I want people to remember him as he was. It’s been a great comfort, not only to myself but to my husband, mother and father as well. We have to thank Mr May and the teachers who helped put it together.”
At the opening, pupils sang a song by Gary Barlow, which Caleb had previously performed as a solo when he was in the school choir.
Caleb's Corner is a quiet space at the school which has benches and plants and was designed as a reflective area for the children, said head teacher David May.
“Caleb’s friends asked if they could have a quiet area to remember Caleb in. It was their idea to put an Arsenal badge on the fence because he was an avid fan. They designed it and came up with the name Caleb’s Corner. As near as we could we carried out the children’s wishes,” said Mr May.
“The children use it every day. It’s where they go to read and think. They do remember Caleb; they do still mention him a lot.”
Caleb, who would have turned 12 next month, was hit by a car while crossing Loggans Road to catch a bus to school.
Mrs Chapman said her family have pulled together to support each other on the lead up to his birthday and the first anniversary of the accident.
Since the tragedy, Mrs Chapman led a campaign to improve safety on the road and works have since been undertaken in an attempt to slow traffic.
“Since they have done the road we have seen quite a few cars still flying up there. What I’m going to propose is that there is a speed camera put there,” she added.
The family are planning to get together and eat in Calebs favourite sandwich shop to mark his birthday on November 18.