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Skelmersdale schoolchildren back the campaign for Millie's memorial park

Pupils across the area host fundraising events and make posters

Youngsters in Skelmersdale are campaigning for a park to be named after Millie-Rose Heaton, who died after battling cancer, a few days after her third birthday

Schoolchildren from Skelmersdale showed their support for the Millie Rose memorial garden this week as they created banners and held fundraising events.

Children from Trinity Primary School, where Millie’s brother Michael used to attend and sister Lexie still attends, made posters for the campaign to create the play park.

While students from Glenburn held a non-uniform day, where pupils wore either blue or pink in memory of Millie, with all the money raise going towards the memorial garden fund.

Millie’s family are backing the campaign for the land on Greenhill in Skelmersdale to be redeveloped into a memorial playground.

The site is where thousands of people turned out to release balloons for Millie on July 3 – 24 hours after she passed away.

Last week the Advertiser reported how over 5,000 people had already signed the petition.

The petition now stands at well over that amount with paper petitions in most local shops and pubs in Skelmersdale.

Collette Hoare, who started the petition said: “I have known the Heaton family for many years now and my daughter Lyndsay and Millie’s mum Lyndsay grew up in the same road and are friends.

“I followed Millie’s journey on Facebook and after my daughter helped at the balloon release on the land I thought it would be nice to see the land put to use. When I was younger the land used to be a play area and it would be great if we could have that back in honour of Millie.

“We’ve got a team together, which includes councillors, so hopefully we’ll get the plans set in motion, we’ve got some great ideas.”

The council’s funds are stretched at the moment however, so there is the possibility that the people of Skelmersdale may have to help to fund the project.

Collette said: “So many people have shown that they back this campaign and like they supported Millie’s appeal I’m sure they will help to back this too.

To add your name to the petition visit: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/west-lancashire-borough-council-re-develop-derelict-land-into-a-play-memorial-park.