Team transform memorial area

NILABE110629e1, Derby college, Field Road, group 127 Princes trust work on a memorial garden.

NILABE110629e1, Derby college, Field Road, group 127 Princes trust work on a memorial garden.

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THE DAD of a Derby College student who died in 2006 has told the Advertiser he is honoured staff and students at the Field Road campus still think of his son.

Stephen Lee Fisher, died in his sleep aged 26. He was on an adult access programme for students with learning difficulties and disabilities at the time of his death on New Year’s Eve 2006.

This week students on the Prince’s Trust programme based at the college spruced up the area surrounding an apple tree planted in Stephen’s memory.

His dad, Graham Fisher said: “It’s lovely to think that staff and students at the college are still thinking of Stephen.

“The tree was Stephen’s friends’ idea so it’s nice to hear it’s still being looked after.”

At Stephen’s funeral, family and friends were asked to make a donation instead of flowers and £700 was collected.

Of the money £600 was given to the Broomsgrove Day Centre, in Ilkeston, and the remaining cash was donated to Stephen’s fellow students who used the money to buy stereo equipment and a tree to plant in his memory.

Deb Beuzeval, Prince’s Trust team manager, said: “Students worked on the memorial as one of their mini projects.

“They were asked by staff at the college to spruce up the area where the memorial tree is planted.

“They worked really well together and managed to get the area looking lovely again even though they only had one day to work on it.”

Derby College supplied the materials needed and the volunteer team carried out the work.