Tea party at the park to unveil memorial bench for Boston teenager Grace Brockelsby

A memorial bench in memory of a Boston teenager who died by suicide is to be unveiled at a special tea party in Central Park.

Grace Brockelsby
Grace Brockelsby

Grace Brockelsby was aged just 19 when she was hit by a lorry in Boston on June 5, 2019 - leaving her family and friends devastated.

Now the family are hoping a hand-carved bench made in her memory will help others who suffer with their mental health.

The unique bench will serve as a place for young people sit and gather their thoughts and talk. It incorporates a special QR code which they can scan with their phone, linking to a special page on the mental health charity MIND’s website.

It will be unveiled at a special event called ‘Grace’s Queen Bee tea party’ on Sunday, from 1.30pm.

Grace’s godmother Lisa Tague said: “We are hoping anyone from the community who wishes to, will join us in the park from 1:30pm.

"We are planning to have some fun games including ‘giant jenga’, a treasure hunt, connect 4, some games of rounders and football.

"The new mayor Ann Dorrian has said she will visit around 3pm when we will launch the bench. Hopefully the sun will shine for us.”

Lisa and Grace’s mum Thea Cox set up a crowdfunding page to raise the £2,800 needed to pay for the bench, which the Standard ran a story about back in February.

Thea said: “We hope and anticipate that this code will enable people who may be struggling to find various local help and support that is appropriate for them.”