Original article from Kent Live
The daughter of a popular Chatham grandma found dead in her home has paid a beautiful tribute to her.
Maureen Allen, 55, worked at the Pentagon Shopping Centre for 10 years before she died suddenly on May 10 of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm.
The mum of four lived on Holland Road in Maidstone for six years and would often travel to Waterslade in Chatham to be with her partner Dave Morris, 64.
In her honour, Maureen's children have been fundraising to create a community garden.
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A JustGiving page is now aiming to raise £1,200 to fund the project.
Rebekah Allen, 25, is Maureen's youngest daughter and has helped put together the fundraiser.
Rebekah, known as the "baby" of the family, is a mum-of-three who lives in Coxheath and works for the catering company BaxterStorey.
Paying tribute to her mum, she said: "She was kind, caring, she was a nanny of eight, there's four kids, me and my three siblings.
"She was there for everyone, she helped so many people.
"Mum was the one to be called on because she was calm and collected and she was good at her job, she was good with people.
"I'm so proud of her.
"It is a shock, we all went into shock and we still don't quite believe that she has gone really."
Emphasising just how supportive Maureen was to her, Rebekah added: "Just being there for me and the kids, I'm a single mum of three and she's always there for the kids.
"I had a C-section on November 13 (2020) and she was there and she stayed with me for the first week to make sure I was okay."
In only two weeks, the JustGiving page has raised £1,080 for the community garden project.
Once the money has been raised and the project has been given the green light, the garden will be placed on the rooftop of the Pentagon Shopping Centre.
Although it won't be open to the public due to it's position on the building, it is intended to serve as an "educational" experience for school children in Chatham.
"The reason we decided on the garden, was because mum was always there, mum loved it there," Rebekah added.
"We think it would be nice for the kids as well because that's the idea.
"They want to have beehives, a bug wall, so that the local children in the schools can visit and mum loved the kids.
"She loved all of her grandkids and I just think it would be nice as like a tribute of remembering her and there's a part of mum there then at the Pentagon."
Procession through Chatham
A funeral for Maureen will take place tomorrow (June 8) with a procession organised to travel past the Pentagon Shopping Centre at 11.30am.
During this time, a one minute's silence will be held.
"The centre is doing a last call, like an over and out kind of thing and the Pentagon staff will be standing on the service road to say goodbye as we drive past," Rebekah said.
Maureen will then be brought to the Vinters Crematorium in Maidstone where her funeral service will officially begin.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only selected friends and family can enter the service and others who are near and dear to Maureen have a link to watch the funeral from online.
If you would like to donate to Maureen's community garden then you can do so by pressing here.