Lelaina Hall's mother returns to Berrow on 10th anniversary of
mother of a five year-old girl who died after getting stuck on
mudflats at Berrow scattered flower petals at the scene of the
tragedy on Saturday (June 23rd), ten years to the day since it
Five year-old Lelaina Hall, right, died after getting trapped
by the incoming tide on the beach in 2002.
In her memory thousands of pounds was raised by readers of the
Western Daily Press newspaper to buy The Spirit of Lelaina
rescue hovercraft, which is run by Burnham-based charity BARB
and has helped and rescued dozens of people.
mother, Caroline Hall, returned to Berrow on Saturday with her
family to scatter the petals and lay a bouquet of flowers.
also visited a special open day at BARB's hovercraft station in
Burnham where beach safety information was handed out to visitors
throughout the day.
Caroline said: "I feel very proud that the legacy of Lelaina
is still very much alive and that something very positive has
come out of the tragedy."
"June is always a very difficult month for us, but we wanted
to mark the anniversary by visiting Berrow beach and Burnham to
see the essential beach safety work that BARB does."
and her family scattering the petals on Berrow beach
The colourful petals were scattered on the tenth anniversary
of the tragedy
Caroline and her family also visited Burnham where she and her
family went onboard The Light Of Elizabeth rescue hovercraft,
named after Lelaina's sister, and met the crew of the hovercrafts
and Burnham's Mayor, Ken Smout.
Official BARB Web site