New park sculpture pays tribute to three Sheffield teens who died months apart

Final touches are put in place for the memorial garden for Jasmyn Chan, EllieTaylor-Ward and Lauren Walker at Richmond Park
Final touches are put in place for the memorial garden for Jasmyn Chan, EllieTaylor-Ward and Lauren Walker at Richmond Park
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Three unforgettable stars - a new sculpture in a Sheffield park has paid tribute to three teens who died in tragic circumstances within months of each other.

The statue, funded through a community campaign and largely organised by young friends of the girls, has been unveiled in Richmond Park.

Ellie Taylor-Ward

Ellie Taylor-Ward

It is a memorial to local girls Lauren Walker, Ellie Taylor-Ward and Jasmyn Chan, who all passed away in separate incidents between October 2013 and May 2014.

Friends of the girls helped choose the sculpture’s design, which has three stars to represent each of the teenagers.

A bench with a plaque to the girls has previously been installed in the park, along with a special flower bed.

City School pupil Lauren, from Richmond, was 13 when she died in her sleep in October 2013.

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker

Fellow City School pupil Ellie, also from Richmond, passed away following an asthma attack in the same month when she was just 16.

Jasmyn was 14 and a pupil at Birley Community College when she killed by a hit-and-run driver in May 2014.

Rachael Kelly, whose son knew Lauren, helped arrange the creation of the sculpture, said the youngsters involved are a credit to the community.

She said the community had come together to create the special memorials, with several local companies making donations of time, money and materials to make it all possible.

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

Rachael said the tragedies had hit the community hard and it was good to have a space to remember all three girls.

She said: “It is really well used. Fresh flowers keep getting put down.

“I’m proud of the kids - they have absolutely amazed me.

“They have stayed close to Lauren’s family, stayed close to Ellie’s family and Jasmyn’s friends are doing a lot of fundraising.

“They are a wonderful bunch of kids.

“The whole community should be so proud of them for what they have achieved.”

Earlier this month, friends and families of the three girls gathered for a special ceremony in the park to officially unveil the sculpture. Balloons were released in memory of the girls at the event.