‘Tree of reflection’ unveiled at hospice in memory of Bury St Edmunds teacher

The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at the new St Nicholas Hospice Care 'Tree of Reflection' - the tree is dedicated in his memory ANL-150318-144720001
The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at the new St Nicholas Hospice Care 'Tree of Reflection' - the tree is dedicated in his memory ANL-150318-144720001
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The family of a well-known Bury St Edmunds teacher have unveiled a handcrafted metal ‘tree of reflection’ in his memory at a hospice.

Julie and Jacqui Grimsey, the wife and daughter of former St Louis Middle teacher Fred Grimsey, raised £10,000 for the tree at St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It features copper and aluminium leaves which can be inscribed with the names of people who have died following a donation to the hospice.

Julie said: “I’m extremely proud that this memorial has been dedicated to Fred. So many people have been involved in the creation of it and it is just extraordinary.”

Mr Grimsey, who taught PE at St Louis for 21 years and at St Felix Middle, in Newmarket died in June after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October 2013.

His family pledged to raise funds for the hospice, which cared for him, with Julie taking part in the first Women on Wheels bike ride last summer and Jacqui running 10km a day for 10 days. It is estimated the tree, which was forged from stainless steel by Nigel Kaines, of Designs on Metal, could raise £100,000 for the hospice in its first three years. Call 01284 715559.