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Buttershaw care home pays tribute to tragic staff member
10:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A care home has unveiled a garden bench in memory of a much-loved kitchen assistant killed in April.
Amore Care’s Cooper House in Buttershaw, Bradford, dedicated the bench at a garden party to 51-year-old Mary Byrne.
Mrs Byrne died metres from her front door when the private hire car she had just paid for in Mandale Road, Horton Bank Top, was involved in a collision with another car, which fatally injured her.
Mrs Byrne, who was a grandmother, had spent the afternoon celebrating a friend's birthday.
Three men, aged 17, 19 and 21, were arrested after the incident and have since been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Her family and friends were invited to join residents and staff at the home at the weekend ceremony led by the Rev Marion Gaskill, of St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Shelf, who conducted Mrs Byrne's funeral.
After the bench dedication there was entertainment and food, making the event a celebration of Mrs Byrne’s life.
Home manager Keith Wilson said: “Mary was a well-loved and respected member of staff who is much missed by her colleagues, residents and friends at Cooper House. She was a big part of the Cooper House ‘family’.
Mrs Byrne's eldest daughter Sam Rees, 33, of Keighley, said: “It was a lovely garden party and our family were made to feel very welcome.
“We want to thank everyone for the compassion and support they have shown us."
The family collected more than £100 in a raffle to go towards funds they have already been collecting for BRAKE, a speed awareness charity that has been helping them.
So far they have raised more than £500 and have plans for more events soon.