Anger as Newport hospice memorial vandalised

South Wales Argus: Jackie Lewis with the vandalised water feature at St David's Hospice in Newport. She donated the scupture after her son Steven, who was looked after by the hospice, died of stomach cancer. (6300791) Jackie Lewis with the vandalised water feature at St David's Hospice in Newport. She donated the scupture after her son Steven, who was looked after by the hospice, died of stomach cancer. (6300791)

VANDALS have caused damage to a memorial water feature at a Newport hospice, which was funded by a mother whose son died of cancer.

The ball-like water fountain was unveiled by Jackie Lewis in the garden at St David’s Hospice Care in Malpas in October last year. It was placed there in memory of her son Steven Lewis, who died of stomach cancer in 2011, aged 31.

But the fountain was damaged in an act of vandalism overnight on Thursday, May 15, after it was broken from its foundation and rolled away.

Police say they are investigating the incident, while the cost of the damage is not yet known.

Ms Lewis, from St Julian’s, has been working tirelessly along with friends and family since her son’s death to raise more than £23,000 for the hospice in two years.

The 64-year-old said: “I was more angry than upset when I found out because so many people have worked so hard to raise the money for it.

“It’s not just me, it’s his family, his friends, and all the people who didn’t even know him who have been fundraising.”

She said that the water feature was a fitting tribute to her son – a lifeguard and competitive swimmer who was operational manager at the Active Living Centre in Newport when he died in December 2011.

Ms Lewis added: “Water was his life, his job. It felt like such a fitting tribute to him.

“For me as a mother, it was the perfect memorial. It is a calming and tranquil thing. The sad thing is there is a lovely bench on its way as well to be placed by the fountain. It’s supposed to be there for the patients and their families to enjoy and find peace, now it’s just ruined because of this. But we will rise above it and will carry on with the fundraising.”

Emma Saysell, chief executive at St David’s Hospice Care, said: “The fact is that something is clearly there in memory for a young man who has died.I’m lost for words. Society must be in a real mess if people can do this.”

Kris Broome, director of fundraising and lottery at the hospice, said: “It’s not often I get angry but it was a shock to the system when I found it first thing in the morning. I’m not sure of the financial impact but there is so much emotional damage involved.”

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them by calling 101 and quoting log number 49 16/05/14.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:24pm Mon 19 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Emma Seysall said "society must be in a real mess if people can do this"

I was thinking exactly the same this morning. We have men robbing frail pensioners of their life savings, parents stabbing their children, young ladies being murdered, drive-by shootings, arsonists - I could go on and on and on.

You think things can't get worse and then you read about the destruction of a memorial for a young lad who died of cancer. There is some very sad people around.
Emma Seysall said "society must be in a real mess if people can do this" I was thinking exactly the same this morning. We have men robbing frail pensioners of their life savings, parents stabbing their children, young ladies being murdered, drive-by shootings, arsonists - I could go on and on and on. You think things can't get worse and then you read about the destruction of a memorial for a young lad who died of cancer. There is some very sad people around. Independentvoter
  • Score: 21

1:25pm Mon 19 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Independentvoter wrote:
Emma Seysall said "society must be in a real mess if people can do this"

I was thinking exactly the same this morning. We have men robbing frail pensioners of their life savings, parents stabbing their children, young ladies being murdered, drive-by shootings, arsonists - I could go on and on and on.

You think things can't get worse and then you read about the destruction of a memorial for a young lad who died of cancer. There is some very sad people around.
"are"
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Emma Seysall said "society must be in a real mess if people can do this" I was thinking exactly the same this morning. We have men robbing frail pensioners of their life savings, parents stabbing their children, young ladies being murdered, drive-by shootings, arsonists - I could go on and on and on. You think things can't get worse and then you read about the destruction of a memorial for a young lad who died of cancer. There is some very sad people around.[/p][/quote]"are" Independentvoter
  • Score: -1

2:05pm Mon 19 May 14

inkyskin says...

i'd love to meet the people who do this type of thing and just ask them..why?
i'd love to meet the people who do this type of thing and just ask them..why? inkyskin
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Mon 19 May 14

displayed says...

In the last days................
..
In the last days................ .. displayed
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree