Bench for David and Rebecca

NILABE110601c2, Commemorative bench unveiled, Beauvale Drive playground, Cotmanhay. Sheryl Moss (sister of Rebecca) and Michelle Morley (mum of Rebecca)
NILABE110601c2, Commemorative bench unveiled, Beauvale Drive playground, Cotmanhay. Sheryl Moss (sister of Rebecca) and Michelle Morley (mum of Rebecca)

A BENCH has been unveiled to remember two young Cotmanhay people.

The new bench at the play area in Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay, has been installed in memory of fallen hero L/Sgt Greenhalgh and kidney transplant patient Rebecca Moss.

Rebecca’s sister, Sheryl Moss, 30, was amongst the family and friends at the unveiling.

She said: “It’s nice that everyone has come together to do something good.

“A lot of friends and close family have given sponsorship – and have done a lot of silly things – to raise money.”

Rebecca, known as Becca, died in October 2009 at Nottingham City Hospital after an unsuccessful life-saving kidney operation.

She underwent her first transplant at just nine-years-old, but died aged 26 after her condition deteriorated while recovering from the second operation.

Her mum, Michelle Morley, added: “She was hoping the operation would allow her to start a family with her partner – she wanted a baby.

“The bench is lovely, it’s in a really nice spot. It’s great that people will be able to come down here, sit about and play with their children.”

Lance Sergeant Dave Greenhalgh, 25, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in February 2010.

He was the first soldier to die as part of Operation Moshtarak, a UK and NATO offensive to drive the Taliban out of an area of Afghanistan.

He was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches and will also have a road named after him on the development off Heanor Road.

His family were unable to make it to last Wednesday’s unveiling but passed on their thanks.

The fundraising campaign for the metal bench, which has a plaque dedicating it to David and Rebecca, was led by the Cotmanhay Children’s Centre Parents’ Forum.

Angela Lindsey, chairman of the forum, said: “We all personally knew either Rebecca or David, they were from our years at school. In an area like this, everyone knows everyone else, and we wanted them to be remembered. If you were a good person people will remember that.”

Amongst the events to raise cash for the bench was a pyjama walk where 26 brave fundraisers braved the bad weather to help boost the coffers.