Media release - issued 23 Oct 2019

Appeal for information after mindless vandalism

A memorial sculpture unveiled only last week at Redan Road cemetery in Aldershot has been found vandalised.

Rushmoor Borough Council is asking residents of Aldershot to help them to track down the vandals that have caused this mindless damage.

The carved wooden sculpture given the name of Petals from Heaven was the centre piece of the Garden of Angels, a special area at the cemetery created for local parents who have suffered the heartbreak of child loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or premature death.

It was unveiled by the Mayor of Rushmoor at a memorial event on 15 October and featured two beautifully carved hands cradling a baby.

The vandalism was discovered on the evening of Monday 21 October, when a visitor to the garden was shocked to find the sculpture knocked to the ground and the wooden hands removed and missing.

The incident has been reported to the police (crime reference: 19102100775) and anyone with any information is being urged to get in touch with the police using the 101 non-emergency number.

The sculpture was commissioned by North Town resident, Angela Roberts who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the project through the Aldershot Sleeping Peaceful Stillbirth Miscarried Baby Loss group.

Councillor Sue Carter, the Mayor of Rushmoor said: "I was honoured when I was asked to unveil the sculpture and I found the service and dedication extremely moving."

"I am simply disgusted that this has happened, and I find it hard to understand how someone could be so heartless.

"Someone out there must know something that could lead to the sculpture's return or helping to identify who has done this. If you do, please come forward."

Angela Roberts said: "I am just still so shocked that this has happened. I hope that the person that has caused the damage will read this and realise the pain that they have caused to others who are already grieving the loss of a child."

Angela added: "I have set up a crowdfunding page and the amazing community of Aldershot is already pulling together to help us raise the funds so that it can be replaced if we are not able to secure it's return."

The fundraising pages is available through the Go Fund Me website.

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