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Remembering Ty Townsley one year on

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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It was a loving message written on a butterfly shaped card by a mum in memory of her son who died a year ago.

The tribute was one of many such messages released on balloons at an anniversary gathering for Ty Townsley last night.

But the card took on a special significance for mum Becky when it was the only message to float down from the sky and land on the memorial bench which had been dedicated to her son.

Ty died of an undiagnosed heart condition on January 6, 2013.

Becky's message to her son read: "Ty, my beautiful baby boy. Miss you every single minute of every hour of every day. Forever in my heart. Love Mumzy x"

She said: “We have had so much support as a family and because of the way Ty was, I wasn’t surprised to see so many people turn out for the memorial.

“The bench looks great. I wanted something that would last long after we were gone, so we were advised to use recycled plastic.

“It is vandalism proof and can’t be scratched or set fire too so hopefully it will last for many years to come.

“When we let the balloons off my special message I had written to Ty on a butterfly came loose and floated back down and landed on the bench. It was an amazing turn out.”

Ty’s friends and family held a memorial evening at the Wagon Works Sport and Social Club.

Gloucester Academy chaplain Chris Blockley, blessed the bench.

He said: “It was a mixed feeling amongst Ty’s family and friends at the memorial, but it was clear how much love there is for Ty.

"People are still coming to terms with losing Ty at such a young. It is important that we continue to remember Ty in our thoughts and it is through occasions like this and the memorial rugby match that we are able to do so.

“I’m sure there will be quite a few of Ty’s family and friends who loved him who will want to go and sit on the bench for a quiet moment to remember him.”

David Pritchett, neighbourhood management coordinator, Gloucester City Council said: “The family of Ty Townsley wanted to place a memorial bench near to their home.

“I worked with them to ensure that the bench was placed where the community would be able to make good use of it and that it was made of materials which would help it to be there for years to come.

“Located in Tuffley Park overlooking the cricket pitch I am sure it will be used by many people visiting the open space.”

Councillor Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, Gloucester City Council added: “Our neighbourhood coordinators do a fantastic job and work with residents on a daily basis.

“Working with the local community there is now a lasting memorial for the family and all who knew Ty in a place where he enjoyed going.”

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