FOLLOWING months of fundraising, a memorial garden was opened at Whitehill's Woodlea Primary School on Saturday in honour of a former pupil. On October 14, 2013, Nicola Stonehouse, a former pupil at Woodlea School, died suddenly at age 12, by which time she was a pupil at Bordon's Mill Chase School. The cause of death was later determined to be viral encephalitis. Maria Knights, a teaching assistant at Woodlea who helped Nicola from the ages of six to 11, headed the fundraising effort, which saw her raise £1,722 by running the Fleet half-marathon in March. By selling jewellery and handbags at the school's fair, she was able to push the total up by another £127. Mrs Knights said: "We had a vsuccessful and emotional opening." For full story, see this week's Bordon Herald.