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Mum to create garden in memory of her daughter killed in traffic accident

By Joanne Sweeney

A grieving mum is one step closer to creating an 'Angel of Hope' garden in memory of her three-year-old daughter and for other children who have died in tragic circumstances.

Coleraine woman Andrea McAleese believes that the garden in honour of her little girl Roma -who was killed in a traffic accident outside her home more than five years ago - will inspire other towns and parents to create a similar tribute for their lost children and teenagers.

The 42-year-old has successfully petitioned Coleraine Borough Council to give her a section of land to create the specially-designed garden, which should be opened by next May.

The garden will be sited at the entrance of Cloonavin estate and will be paid for out of £46,000 raised by Mrs McAleese and her local supporters over the past year.

The garden has been designed free of charge by former Coleraine architect Stephen Todd, who now lives in Melbourne, after he was moved by a Facebook campaign.

More than 2,000 people lent their support to the project in just 24 hours after it was launched.

Families will be able to purchase a bronze star with the name of those who have died and they will be erected on the garden walls as a permanent reminder of their life.

Mrs McAleese said: "The Angel of Hope Memorial Garden is my way of giving back to the town and local people after the overwhelming love and support they gave me when I lost Roma

"Parents need somewhere to be able to go to remember the children they lost."

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