Mother's plea to use memorial garden at Shrewsbury hospital

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | Health | Published: | Last Updated:

A mother who lost her twins in the Shropshire baby deaths scandal is encouraging people to visit a memorial garden.

Kelly Jones and her daughters Sophie and Madison at the opening of the White Garden

The White Garden opened at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last year to remember the children who died prematurely at the Shropshire and Telford Health Trust (SaTH).

It was inspired by Kelly Jones who endured a double tragedy when her twin girls Ella and Lola died in 2014.

She wants more people to visit the garden and paint a pebble in memory of a loved one.

"I put so much hard work into the garden for all the babies that died and it breaks my heart that lots of people don't even know about it," she said.

"It's not just for people who lost a baby. It's for everyone who goes to the hospital that needs somewhere peaceful and tranquil to reflect."

The White Garden features white roses and primroses, white metal butterflies that were created and donated by the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, a rose arch, seating and a pergola as the centrepiece of the garden.

"It's beautiful and I just want people to use it," Kelly added.

"The memory of all the babies will always be kept alive while people are visiting the garden. When I go there I sit and can picture all of the babies playing.


"If anyone is a patient at the hospital or is just visiting, I hope they will take a moment to go to the White Garden."

People visiting the garden can also pick up a pebble and paint it with something that makes them happy or in memory of a loved one, and it will remain in the garden.

Kelly said the aim is to get enough pebbles painted to fill the border which runs around the garden.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.


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