Bench tribute to childminder

A SPECIAL bench is to be unveiled in the park at Devonshire Park, Bideford, next week in memory of a special woman. After a series of fund-raising events, supported by many local businesses, the Bideford Childminding Group has commissioned the bench and i

A SPECIAL bench is to be unveiled in the park at Devonshire Park, Bideford, next week in memory of a special woman.

After a series of fund-raising events, supported by many local businesses, the Bideford Childminding Group has commissioned the bench and is planning to set it up in memory of Diane Baker, a local childminder for more than 30 years.

The ceremony next Tuesday is timed to coincide with National Childminding Week.

Mrs Baker died in February after a six-year battle with breast cancer.


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She and husband Andrew started 38 years of married life in Torrington before setting up home in Devonshire Park with daughters Clare, Mandy and Lisa.

Her love of children initiated a career in childminding and she was like a second mother to those in her care. Many of the children kept in touch with her into adulthood.

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