A team from Siemens at Stourton in Leeds has helped create a memorial garden for a bereaved family in Bramley.

Andy Lazar’s wife Emma and mother to their seven children, died in February 2012 after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumour just three months earlier. The family wanted to create a memorial - Emma’s Peace Garden - at their home and Siemens along with the generosity of several local suppliers, created it on a cold day in November. Siemens liaised with the family through Business in the Community and Bramley Family Support.

The Siemens Mechanical Drives team of volunteers was led by Anna Grimshaw, and comprised Kim Furniss, Richard Thackray, Dave Colleran, Brian Stockdale, Mike Peate, Richard Heaton and Chris Myers.

A major feature of the garden will be the children’s handprints in a cement bed. The handprints were made on the day by all the children, whose ages range from 5 to 17. Personal messages will be added later.

Andy commented at the end of the work, as they were waiting for the handprints to set: “Emma would have loved this, she really enjoyed being in the garden, and now we have a place where we can remember her, here at home. I’m very grateful to the Siemens team and to everyone who donated materials and plants. It means the world to us.”

Local suppliers who generously donated materials for the peace garden included Arnold Laver (garden fencing and trellis), Jewsons (concrete, sand and gravel), LSS Waste Management (skip hire), Atkinsons (finished woodwork and shuttering), Leeds City Council (Park & Countryside Department - shrubs, bedding plants, potted and planted urns and compost), Johnstones (garden and wood paint) and Wickes (bark).

Anna Grimshaw, who sourced the materials, said without the generosity of local suppliers the Siemens team would not have been able to create the memorial garden. The team all hoped the family would feel they had a special place where they could remember Emma, whose 35th birthday would have been on 16 November.


PHOTO-CAPTION 1: The Siemens team hard at work creating the memorial garden

PHOTO-CAPTION 2: The children’s handprints being made

PHOTO-CAPTION 3: The Siemens team in the completed memorial garden

For more information and hi-res versions of these photos please contact Bridget Summers on 01723 447424, email or Paul Addison on 07808 823011, email

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About Siemens Industry

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Siemens was established in the United Kingdom168 years ago and now employs around 16,000 people in the UK.  Last year’s revenues were £4.1 billion.*  As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of infrastructure and cities, energy, industry and healthcare.  Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey.  The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany.  For more information, visit

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