School unveils climbing wall in memory of Bailee

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:22 27 April 2019

Kevin Lynch headteacher and Bailee class friends with his mum and dad Jemma and Lee Cook, big sister Gracie-Leigh and little sister.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Kevin Lynch headteacher and Bailee class friends with his mum and dad Jemma and Lee Cook, big sister Gracie-Leigh and little sister. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A touching memorial has been installed in a Nailsea school to pay tribute to a 'lovely and cheeky' pupil who passed away last year.

Parents, family, headteacher and Bailee's class mates with the new climbing wall built in his memory.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONParents, family, headteacher and Bailee's class mates with the new climbing wall built in his memory. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Bailee Cook suffered from mitochondrial disease and he died suddenly last year at the age of four.

Bailee was a reception pupil at Golden Valley Primary School and staff and pupils were devastated by his death.

They decided to raise money to pay for a lasting tribute to the bubbly youngster.

The school contacted Bailee's parents Jemma Capern and Lee Cook and came up with the idea of a climbing wall as Bailee was so active.

Kevin Lynch headteacher and Bailee class friends with his mum and dad Jemma and Lee Cook, big sister Gracie-Leigh and little sister.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONKevin Lynch headteacher and Bailee class friends with his mum and dad Jemma and Lee Cook, big sister Gracie-Leigh and little sister. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Jemma told the Times: “We were going to put in a bench for Bailee, but we decided a climbing wall would be better because he never sat still.

“He was always running around.

“Bailee loved school. He was just a little character – lovely and cheeky.

“The school has been amazing.

“I've got an older daughter, Gracie-Leigh, and they've been amazing with her and with our whole family.

“Last year we raised some money by holding a blue day for him and the reception mums also raised some money so it was really nice.

“Everyone had an input into it.

“I just want to thank everyone for their support.

“All our family and friends and everyone round the school – they have all been so lovely.”

The whole school dressed in blue – Bailee's favourite colour – on Tuesday to remember the youngster.

Bailee's parents were also invited to the grand unveiling of the traverse climbing wall and plaque in his name.

Kevin Lynch, headteacher of Golden Valley Primary School, said: “Bailee was such an active boy, always smiling and never sitting still for long.

“We thought for a long time about what would be a fitting tribute to remember Bailee by and came up with the idea of a traverse climbing wall as it is something that he would've loved.

“Money for the wall has come partly through a donation from the school's Parent Teacher Association (the GVSA) and from donations from families.

“A special plaque at the point that they mount the climbing wall will remind the pupils of their special friend, Bailee Cook.”

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