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  • School nursery renamed in memory of tragic drowning victim Blossom

    Henry James

    A SKEMERSDALE nursery provision has been renamed in memory of a little girl who died in a tragic accident last year.

    Children and staff at St Francis of Assisi RC Primary joined family and friends of Blossom Kelly for the renaming ceremony at the school in Blakehall, Digmoor.

    The four-year-old died after drowning in a swimming pool during a family holiday in Girona, Spain in 2016.

    Blossom was a much-loved member of the St Francis’s Nursery and this part of the school’s early years provision was renamed Blossom Nursery.

    The day started with the unveiling of a plaque by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of West Lancs, Councillor Noel Delaney and Ann Stubbert.

    Also in attendance were Blossom’s mum and dad, Vicky and Kris, who have set up Blossom’s Legacy, a charity devoted to raising funds to ensure that young children are taught basic water safety, and to raise awareness among parents of ways in which to minimise the risks presented by holidays.

    At the time the charity was started Kris said: “Blossom’s story inspired an outpouring of support. We hope to prevent this happening to anyone else.”

    At the event, the children formed a massive letter ‘B’ in the playground, before releasing balloons in Blossom’s favourite lilac-tinged colours into the sky.

    After the opening ceremony, there was a party lunch and a fun-filled session with Magic2Kids children’s entertainer.

    Headteacher, Terry Naylor, said: “Blossom is the right name for our nursery for a number of reasons. First of all, we want the children here to be nurtured, to grow and to blossom into themselves so that they may bring their own unique beauty to the world.

    “In choosing this name, we also honour the life and memory of Blossom Kelly, the wonderful, free-spirited child, who spent many happy days here, showing a sense of freedom, fun and adventure, qualities that we want to make central to the experience of children in our school.”

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