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Singer Tony Hadley opens garden created in memory of Fradley youngster Violet Mornington

Singer Tony Hadley has cut the ribbon on a new garden near Lichfield created in memory of Violet Mornington.

The five-year-old Fradley girl died in July 2013, just seven weeks after falling ill on her birthday with suspected tonsillitis.

Specialists eventually diagnosed hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), which leads to too many white blood cells attacking the body.

Violet Mornington

Violet Mornington

Her family have since embarked on a Violets in Bloom fundraising campaign since her death to create a children’s memorial garden in her honour.

The former Spandau Ballet singer said: “It was a real honour and privilege to have been asked to open Violet’s Garden.

“After all the rain we’ve had the sun was shining as if Violet was looking down on us. It was a really beautiful thing and it’s a huge credit to Kerry, Ivan and the community, who’ve pulled together and made such a tremendous effort to create this truly stunning garden.”

Violet’s mum Kerry said she was delighted to see the project completed.

“It was an overwhelming success and perfect in every way,” she said. “The opening was a very emotional but beautiful celebration of something we worked so hard for with the support of our friends, family and the community.

“To think it was all inspired by our amazing little superhero is just incredible. She would have been so proud.”

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