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Mums united in tragedy unveil tribute

Grieving mums Teresa Halsall and Beverley Bushell, who have both lost a son in the past five years, are creating a memorial garden for their boys in South Shore's Watson Road Park.
Teresa (right) and Beverley in the garden holding photos of respectively Ben and Nicholas.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
1-8-2014

Grieving mums Teresa Halsall and Beverley Bushell, who have both lost a son in the past five years, are creating a memorial garden for their boys in South Shore's Watson Road Park. Teresa (right) and Beverley in the garden holding photos of respectively Ben and Nicholas. PIC BY ROB LOCK 1-8-2014

Two Blackpool mums who have both lost their children to road accidents in the past five years are unveiling a plaque in Watson Road Memorial Gardens in memory of their beloved sons.

Bev Bushell, of Watson Road, South Shore, lost her 17-year-old son, Nicholas Bushell in a tragic car accident after his friend lost control of the wheel and hit a tree.

Soldier, Nicholas, who died on June 20 this year, sustained severe brain injuries and spent five days in London’s King’s College intensive care unit.

Teresa Halsall suffered a similar tragedy when her 13-year-old son, Ben Halsall, was hit by a car on Watson Road in 2009 and died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

In memory of their sons both Teresa and Bev have been keen supporters and volunteers of the Watson Road Memorial Garden renovation.

With the help of a community payback team and the Friends of Watson Road Park group, the garden is currently open six hours a week and they are urging more volunteers to come forward.

Bev said:“We still need more people to come and help so we can open the garden full time. Not only is this a place for the community but other people can put up their plaques in memory of their loved ones.

“Nicholas was Army barmy, very fit, he loved everything about being in the Army and wanted to follow in his fathers’ and sister’s footsteps who are also in the Army.”

Ben’s mother Teresa added: “Ben was a big animal lover and hoped to be a vet one day or work at Blackpool Zoo.

“He was a keen rugby player and was a member of the Stanley Park team, loved walking his beloved Yorkshire terrier and had his own tortoises.

“You never get over losing your child, you just learn to move around it, we all love and miss him everyday.”

Both mothers unveiled the memorial plaque on Sunday, in an event attended by family and friends.

The garden which was renovated with the help of a £1,500 area forum donation needs more volunteers to make sure it stays tidy and looked after.

To help the community in their garden project, search for Friends of Watson Road Park on Facebook.

 

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