Memorial garden to tragic Charlotte, 10, unveiled at North Tyneside school

From left, Keepmoat's Ian Prescott, student Freya Gallagher, mum Susan Callaghan, student Megan Bell and headteacher Stephen Fallon with one of the new memorial benches at St Stephen's RC Primary School in Longbenton.

From left, Keepmoat's Ian Prescott, student Freya Gallagher, mum Susan Callaghan, student Megan Bell and headteacher Stephen Fallon with one of the new memorial benches at St Stephen's RC Primary School in Longbenton.

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A memorial garden commemorating a North Tyneside girl tragically robbed of her life by a brain tumour at the age of 10 has been unveiled.

Charlotte Callaghan, a pupil at St Stephen’s RC Primary School in Longbenton, has had memorial benches and plaques dedicated to her installed at its new site in Goathland Avenue by building firm Keepmoat.

The South Yorkshire-based firm is building 41 houses on the primary’s previous site off Bardsey Place, and during the demolition of the old school, workers discovered a memorial garden for Charlotte created following her death in 1996.

To ensure the youngster’s memory lives on, Keepmoat has landscaped an area at the new St Stephen’s RC School, at which Charlotte’s mother still works as a teacher, to create a memorial garden.

On top of that, it has named a street Charlotte Place at the Spires development being built on the old school site.

Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director for Keepmoat’s north east office, in Hebburn in South Tyneside, said: “As soon as we discovered the memorial garden at the former school site, we felt very strongly about ensuring we support the school to continue honouring the memory of Charlotte.

“We hope the new garden and the introduction of Charlotte Place provides some comfort to those who knew her, particularly her mum, Susan.”

Stephen Fallon, headteacher at St Stephen’s RC Primary, said: “We are delighted and very grateful to the people at Keepmoat for assisting us in ensuring the garden idea moved from aspiration to reality.

“We can’t thank them enough for having the desire and sensitivity to assist us in preserving something special to the school community and, of course, Charlotte’s mum, Susan, a member of staff here.

“It was important that the memory of Charlotte came with us to our new site, and this project will ensure just that.

“As well as a lovely garden area, there is a small library for children and parents to use on a daily basis, so it promises to be an appealing and attractive part of our school.”