A MEMORIAL garden will be built for a passionate SES volunteer who died aged just 27.
Last week marked one year since the tragic death of Natasha Drake. She died on 22 February last year after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Natasha Drake volunteered with the Chelsea SES, the Starlight Foundation, and the Monash Children’s Hospital. She was also a talented book designer.
A year on from Drake’s passing, her family and SES colleagues have announced that a memorial garden will be established in her memory. The garden will be just across from the new Chelsea SES homebase.
Chelsea SES member Phil Wall said the new garden will be “something of Tash that will be there forever.”
“Tash Drake was such a treasured part of our team, and has been missed every day since her passing by all of us that knew her so well,” Wall said. “We didn’t want to mark this anniversary with a sad story, that wasn’t Tash. She was always such a positive, happy person, so we thought we needed to mark the day with a positive and happy statement. We are announcing the establishment of the Natasha Drake Memorial Garden that will become a reflection area for our members at the front of our new home.
“Thank you again to all involved and we can’t wait to see the finished garden. Rest peacefully Tash. You are missed and loved by us all every day.
Bunnings Keysborough will build the garden. Wall said that the Bunnings team was “thrilled to get behind” the project.
“Bunnings have agreed to make this a Bunnings project and will be working with us to ensure the garden is low maintenance, but more importantly, reflecting the person that Tash was,” he said.
Drake’s father Glenn and her brother Liam, who travelled from London, announced the project with the Chelsea SES and Bunnings.