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Hope springs eternal thanks to generosity of local public

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hope springs eternal thanks to generosity of local public thumbnailAndrea McAleese says she has been overwhelmed by the publicís response in relation to the Angel of Hope Garden.

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council faced something of a social media backlash last week after seemingly taking a decision to no longer plant flowers at the Angel of Hope Garden.
The decision, which has since been reversed, was highlighted on the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden's Facebook page and attracted a considerable amount of attention from the public.
Andrea McAleese, who manages the garden, said she had been reduced to tears to see the kind and generous donations from the community after the initial decision had been revealed.
“Every year, up until now, the council has planted the raised flower bed in the garden," explained Andrea.
“It's not a very big area and is dedicated to young children and babies who have lost their lives.
“I received a call on Thursday morning to inform me that council would no longer be planting the area and that it was my garden, so mine to maintain."
Disappointed and upset at the council's decision, Andrea took her frustrations to social media, where she receiuved a positive response from the Coleraine community, with many people offering their time and donations to help re-plant the garden.
“I had asked local councillor Trevor Clarke, who sits on the garden committee, to contact the council and ask them to plant the flower bed as usual," continued Andrea.

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