Kids open garden for much-loved Leeds mum

Emma Lazar's children put their handprints in concrete in the garden.
Emma Lazar's children put their handprints in concrete in the garden.
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A family of young Leeds siblings who lost their beloved mum suddenly to a brain tumour have opened a new peace garden in her memory – coinciding with what would have been her 35th birthday.

Emma Lazar, from Bramley, died in February.

The mum-of-seven had been diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumour just three months earlier.

Now, a team from Siemens at Stourton has helped to create a memorial garden for the bereaved family in Bramley.

Emma’s husband Andy said the family had wanted to create a memorial – Emma’s Peace Garden – at their home.

A major feature of the garden will be the children’s handprints in a cement bed.

The handprints were made by the children, whose ages range from five to 17, on the day the garden was created.

Personal messages will be added later.

Andy said: “Emma would have loved this.

“She really enjoyed being in the garden, and now we have a place where we can remember her, here at home.”

He added: “I’m very grateful to the Siemens team and to everyone who donated materials and plants. It means the world to us.”

Siemens recruited the help of several local suppliers to create the memorial.

The firm liaised with the family through the Business in the Community and Bramley Family Support projects.

The team of volunteers was led by Anna Grimshaw.

Ms Grimshaw, who also sourced the materials, said: “Without the generosity of local suppliers the Siemens team would not have been able to create the memorial garden.

“The team all hope the family will feel they have a special place where they can remember Emma, whose 35th birthday would have been on November 16.”

Local suppliers who donated materials for the peace garden included Arnold Laver (fencing), Jewsons (concrete, sand and gravel), LSS Waste Management (skip), Atkinsons (finished woodwork and shuttering), Leeds City Council’s Park and Countryside Department (shrubs, bedding plants, potted and planted urns and compost), Johnstones (garden and wood paint) and Wickes (bark).

Karly Strawson and four-year-old Myles Smith, from Pontefract, strike a pose. Picture: James Hardisty

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