THE colleagues of a man who died in a house fire while rescuing residents have unveiled a memorial garden in his honour.
Tom Doyle, 33, died trying to evacuate the building he was living in when a fire swept through a flat on Seaside Road, Eastbourne, in the early hours of February 14, 2021.
Now his former colleagues at Barratt David Wilson Homes have created the memorial on site in his Meadowburne Place development.
The Tom Doyle Memorial Garden was unveiled to the public on Friday 15th July and was attended by Tom’s mother Kim Doyle, a number of local dignitaries including Cllr Raymond Shing, Cllr Stephen Shing, Cllr Colin Swansborough and Cllr Penny di Cara and seniors Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties representative.
The garden was designed by site manager Steve Craig to give site workers a place to relax during their shift.
The room was officially marked by the ribbon cutting and a series of speeches accompanied by refreshments.
In addition to the memorial garden, a total of £6,392.66 was raised in Tom’s memory via a GoFundMe page set up by his colleagues.
The money raised will be used to set up a trust fund for Tom’s nine-year-old son.
Kimberley Benson, director of sales and marketing for Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties, said: “We have deeply felt the loss of Tom’s presence and wanted to honor his memory forever.
“The garden is a private area that the site team can visit and have a quiet moment to themselves, enjoying the scenery and local wildlife.
“We would like to thank Tom’s family for supporting the garden and hope they find some comfort in the space.”
Cllr Raymond Shing added: “We were heartbroken to hear of Tom’s death and our condolences go out to his family.
“Today’s event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Tom’s life and I am confident that the team working on site will enjoy the garden itself when they need a quiet break in the fresh air.”
For more details on Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties or upcoming launches at Meadowburne Place visit www.barratthomes.co.uk
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