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Bravery and determination will be remembered through school's special tree.

A tree will be planted at the former school of Josie Grove to remember her courage and inspiration, it emerged yesterday.

The 16-year-old was a pupil at Hexham's Queen Elizabeth High School, but also studied at Bangkok Patana School while her family were living in Thailand.

Queen Elizabeth High School headteacher Tony Webster, left, yesterday revealed Josie would be remembered by the planting of a tree with a memorial plaque.

He said: "It's remarkably sad and everyone here has been touched over the last few months by what has happened to Josie, and most of all, how she has dealt with it. Everyone is full of admiration for the spirit, courage and life she has shown. The really positive way that she decided she was going to live the life that was hers to be lived was an inspiration.

"We will be marking what has happened and the staff and students will want to be represented at the funeral."

A Bangkok Patana School spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that the school has learned that one of our former students, Josie Grove, passed away.

"The Patana Community send their condolences to Josie's family at this tragic time. Thanks to the efforts of students and staff, almost pounds 3,000 has been raised for the charity Josie set up to raise money for more research into leukaemia."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2007
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