Playground zebra restored in memory of tragic Sheffield schoolgirl

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Dozens of children have helped celebrate the restoration of a playground zebra in memory of a tragic Sheffield schoolgirl who died from cancer.

The zebra at the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground was a favourite of Ellie Stockwell, who died at the age of nine in 2007 following a fight against neuroblastoma.

Ellie, of Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, was awarded The Star’s Superkid Courage Award in 2006 for her brave battle against the disease.

The zebra had fallen into a state of disrepair but has now been restored to its former glory by local children and adults.

It was unveiled by Pitsmoor artist Joe Scarborough in front of 90 young children and their families on Saturday, with those attending also celebrating the popular Eastern European tradition of St Nicholas Day and children were given bags of chocolate coins.

Joe said: “The painting of the zebra by the children was a work of art and the children deserve to be commended highly for this and their good deed”.

Playground manager Patrick Meleady said: “Joe gave a fantastic motivational speech to the children and young people and reinforced each one’s value and worth.”