Memorial bench to Elliot Peters unveiled at Helena Romanes School

PUBLISHED: 16:36 08 March 2019

Mrs Storey (centre) and Elliot's closest friends at the unveiling of the memorial bench. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Mrs Storey (centre) and Elliot's closest friends at the unveiling of the memorial bench. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Roger King

A memorial bench dedicated to Dunmow school boy Elliot Peters has been unveiled in the grounds of Helena Romanes School, a year after his sudden death.

Head teacher Simon Knight and Holly Storey at the bench's unveiling today. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOHead teacher Simon Knight and Holly Storey at the bench's unveiling today. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Elliot was 14-years-old and studying at Helena Romanes when he died from a rare and undiagnosed genetic disorder on March 9, 2018.

Today (March 8) Ellot’s mum, Holly Storey, unveiled a bench commemorating Elliot in front of his closest and oldest friends.

The bench is now located in a small outside area in school grounds and working together, a group of Elliot’s friends decided what the plaque on the bench should say.

Speaking to the Broadcast at the unveiling, Mrs Storey said: “The bench is somewhere nice for the children to sit. It is a nice quiet area. It is nice to think it is going to be used for years.”

The plaque reads: ‘Elliot James Peters Unforgettable Special, Loved, “Moley”, Trusted’.

Over the last year more than £15,000 has been raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Elliot was treated, following a fun day organised by Mrs Storey and donations from members of the community.

Part of this total has paid for the bench.

Mrs Story said: “I am really pleased. Thank you to everyone who donated as the bench was purchased from your kind donations. As Metabolic Support UK have supported us over the last year and continue to do so I have set up a fundraising page for the charity on the first anniversary of Elliot passing. If anyone would like to make a donation to the charity it would be greatly appreciated, ”

Simon Knight, head teacher at Helena Romanes, said: “It is a really nice memorial and something for future children. People can come out here and sit in peace.”

To support Holly in fundraising for Metabolic Support UK please go to their Facebook page and click on the link called Holly’s fundraiser for Metabolic Support UK.

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