Remembering Nell- a garden in memory of Nell Jones

Nell Jones died in the Manchester attack

The former school of Manchester bomb victim Nell Jones are creating a memorial garden in her memory.

Nell, who was 14, grew up in the Cheshire village of Holmes Chapel and attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

Ariana Grande was her first concert and mum Jayne Jones says she was absolutely thrilled to get tickets.

'She was absolutely over the moon ...she came in and said look what I’ve got ,look what I’ve got .. I can’t believe it can’t believe it I am going to see Ariana Grande"

Jayne Jones, Nell's mum

When news emerged there had been a bomb at the arena Nell's mum and brother Joe made their way into Manchester. He travelled from hospital to hospital trying to find her.

'You were hoping for the best but expecting the worst.’

Joe Jones, Nell's brother

24-hours later they were told the devastating news that she hadn't survived. Her friend Freya Lewis was seriously injured. Two of Nell’s brothers, Joe and Sam returned to the arena after the attack and hope her close proximity to the bomber meant she didn't suffer.

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive school are now planning a 'Garden of Memories' for Nell. It will be an area where people can reflect and think and will be open to the whole community. So far, a total of £13,000 has been donated by family, friends and the garden is hoping to be completed by October. The garden will be divided into three sections; contemplation, Japanese and Sensory and pupils will be invited to decorate a pebble as a means of sharing a message or a thought or a prayer in memory on Nell.

Nell’s best friend Olivia Watts, 15, is part of the design team who’ve been involved in the plans and the diggers are already making progress courtesy of a team from E3 Cube Limited who are also working on the M6 Smart motorway,

Olivia Watts & Nell Jones

Nell's family want her to be remembered for her big smile, infectious personality and brilliant hugs. Her mum Jayne says the support from their local community of Goostrey and further afield has been overwhelming.

‘It gives us a lot of strength , it picks you up when you are down .. it’s like having a big life belt round you keeping you up. And the garden is fantastic because it’s a memorial garden created for Nell but it’s there for everybody which she would have loved because she really was a people person.’

Jayne Jones, Nell's mum

It will be nice to have something permanent in her memory that we can visit in years to come and even when we come to have children .. it's somewhere we can take them and say this is about your this is for your auntie this is this is Nell's place.'

Joe Jones, Nell's brother

Nell’s eldest brother Sam described his sister as ‘one in a million’ and has praised the random acts of kindness shown towards his family.

‘I want people to come out of this with love in their hearts, I don’t want people to use Nell as an excuse to go around hating other people. She wasn’t like that, she solved problems with hugs not fists.’

Sam Jones, Nell's brother
  • "Manchester: 100 Days After The Attack" will air on 29th August on ITV at 9pm