Little boy still part of his school

It is only fitting Lachlan Thoroughgood has a lasting memorial at his school.

A bench is located St Michael’s Nowra to remember Lachlan and his brave battle with brain cancer.

The bench was made by Bomaderry resident Bob Aulsebrook, who made a similar donation to remember Nowra Hill Public student Ollie Tiyce, who was also taken by cancer.

Lachlan’s mum Leanne said the family appreciated the gesture.

“We are touched that Lachlan’s life is being remembered in such a special way,” she said.

“As you can imagine, continuing life after your child is taken by cancer is hard and the thought that they will one day be forgotten as all his friends grow up is also difficult.

“We have always shared Lachlan's journey in order to raise awareness for childhood cancer and in particular brain cancer.”

The bench will always have special significance.

“To have a bench that Lachlan's friends and the school community can use in order to take time out to rest and reflect is very special,” she said.

“Lachlan’s sister Imogen was born shortly after Lachlan passed so it will also mean that when she goes to school her big brother will still be part of her journey which is a nice thought.”

Lachlan’s family also appreciates the love and support that have come their way.

The school as well as the larger Shoalhaven community embraced Lachlan from his initial diagnosis.

“We received an abundance of support during Lachlan journey which has continued in his memory,” she said.

People will always remember Lachlan’s brave battle.

The community continues to raise money for research into brain cancer.

“We organise an annual cure brain cancer walk which will  be held this year at Huskisson on October 14 which attracts lots of people walking to raise funds for the cure brain cancer foundation in honour of Lachlan and many other members of our community who have been touched by brain cancer,” she said.

The family thanked Mr Aulsebrook.

“We would of course like to thank Bob for his wonderful and unique bench seat,” she said.

“ We had always wanted to have a memorial of some sort for Lachlan and Bob has created a very fitting piece.

“It is also touching that it is being unveiled in September which is childhood cancer awareness month.”

Mr Aulsebrook said he was happy to help make sure Lachlan’s memory would be preserved.

The bench is made from silky oak and took few several weeks to complete.

“Knowing what to do is the hardest - once you make up your mindit’s not all that hard,” he said.

He said the everlasting struggle was to get something different.

Mr Aulsebrook said he was happy with the end result of his work.

He hopes Lachlan’s family and the school likes the bench.

“One of the things that touched me was the wording of the plaque - I thought it was most appropriate,” he said

Mr Aulsebrook  heard about Lachlan when he was at Nowra Hill Public School for the presentation of Ollie’s bench and he offered to make a bench for St Michael’s.