My nan, April Eggleton was the light of mine and many people's lives but, was most known and loved for creating and running Manor House Preschool for the past 45 years.
April created Manor House in 1974, transforming it from a mother and baby group after realising Basildon was in dire need of a preschool for the children. Working solely with the council, April was in the driving seat every day until she sadly passed from womb cancer in 2019.
When she was diagnosed with lymphoma midway through her life, that didn't stop her either. She drove her electric scooter to the preschool every day and put her heart and soul into making the children happy, regardless of how she felt.
April has touched so many lives and was the very heart of the local community. She loved working with children and was truly happy teaching through the generations. She taught many children, who now have children, who themselves now have children which we think is pretty incredible.
She made change happen for so many children and parents in Essex. Please help us raise funds for a memorial bench that will sit in the place that she spent 45 years of her life doing what she loved.
These funds will allow us to install a bench in her honour for 10 years.
Some quotes from some of the people who knew her.
"I remember April, she was my playschool teacher and my husbands. It's a testament to her kindness that she had such an impact that I remember a non-family member from when I was 4 years old (even more amazing from my husband). This is 35 years on. A lovely woman who will undoubtedly be missed xxx"
"So sorry to hear she was a lovely lady who cared deeply for all the children my own daughter went and her 4 children also sending love to Tracey and family RIP APRIL."
"Only known her for past 5 years, but was always cheerful when talking to her, never showed that she wasn't well. I imagine hundreds of kids will be missing her. Including our 3 great-grandchildren, R I P April."
"She was a big part of my life I went to her playschool in the '70s and my Mum worked with her. My two children also went to her playschool. Amazing woman and she will be missed."
"April and my mum initially started a parent and toddler group at the hall, there was a need for a preschool so with the support of the play leadership committee April started the preschool. My children all went there, April was a good friend and neighbour to my parents. She helped with the catering at my wedding and also helped with the 2nd Laindon Manor mission guide unit. Rip April."
You can read more about April and the impact she made here: https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18042571.tributes-paid-manor-house-preschool-owner/