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Memorial bench dedicated to Mark Lynn at Ballykeel Primary School

Dessie Blackadder

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Dessie Blackadder

A special bench has been dedicated to the memory of little Mark Lynn at Ballykeel Primary School.

Mark was a treasured part of the school family who lost his life-long battle with a congenital heart condition back in September.

Mark was a bright and joy filled child who endeared himself to everyone in the school through his quick wit and charming, warm personality.

Throughout his time in school, alongside his family and class teachers, Mark carried out many fundraising events to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Through ‘Red Days’ and Coffee mornings Mark raised thousands of pounds towards research into heart conditions.

In memory of Mark, pupils and staff held a special assembly on Friday November 30.

This was an opportunity for everyone to reminisce the happy memories they shared together and reflect on the impact Mark’s life had on all who knew him.

Through the use of songs, videos, and sharing drawings and stories, many pupils and staff took part in the assembly.

An area in the school grounds has been dedicated to the memory of Mark.

Pupils have been involved in creating this garden over the past number of weeks, making hand painted memory stones and planting flowers.

These were placed around an engraved bench donated by Mark’s family and a cherry blossom tree which was planted by Mark’s parents and younger brother Jordan.

It is hoped this garden will be enjoyed and maintained by pupils long into the future and will be a lasting memory of Mark and all that he meant to each of us.

The Lynn family and the school would like to thank the many donations made to the garden, amongst them from Quarry Store, Driftwood, Knockeden Lodge, Wyse Byse, Salvation Army, Chilli Pepper Tattoos, Uncle Darren Crawford and Simone Hamilton.

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