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A woman who dedicated over 10 years to nurturing children at a Fenland play area has been remembered with a specially created memorial bench.

Jacqueline White, known as Jacqui, worked at The Spinney Adventure Play Area as a deputy play leader since it opened and was popular with the children and their parents, helping them to overcome any problems they might have. She had previously worked as a youth worker locally.

Sadly Jacqui lost her battle with cancer in May leaving husband Kevin, who she married in 2017 and had been with for nine years, her three children Joe, Matthew and Fiona and step daughter Hayley. She also had seven grandchildren.

Unveiling of new bench in The Spinney children's play ground in memory of Jacqueline White - her husband Kevin White is pictured with the bench.
Unveiling of new bench in The Spinney children's play ground in memory of Jacqueline White - her husband Kevin White is pictured with the bench.

Many of Jacqui’s family were at the memorial day on Saturday when the bench was officially unveiled at the play park, where it will be a permanent reminder of her and her love of children.

Kevin said: “She absolutely loved children and she was really good at speaking to them and understanding them. She loved working at the Spinney and was very fond of the children and their families that have enjoyed the play area over the years.

“It was great to see so many of them and the other staff turn out to remember her at the weekend.

Jacqui's family and friends take a seat on the specially created memorial bench.
Jacqui's family and friends take a seat on the specially created memorial bench.

“The bench is extra special because it was created by Jacqui’s family with niece Maisie Foreman leading the creative team to paint a colourful image representing all the things that were so important to Jacqui.

“The images include a couple under a tree which represents us on our wedding day. There is also a cat and a dog under the tree, which were Jacqui’s pets and a horse because she had horses. The back also has an image of Jacqui’s horse.

“On the bottom of the bench at the front are images of children playing and they represent the family, the grandchildren and the children from the play area. It is a truly beautiful memorial and I know Jacqui would be looking down proudly.”



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