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AN OUTDOOR play park officially re-opened this weekend in memory of a Cwmbran three-year-old who died from meningitis.

Shae Brynley Button died on April 14, 2014, just four hours after being diagnosed with meningitis B, or meningococcal septicaemia Meningitis.

Shae Brynley’s family visited Woodland Road Park in Croesyceiliog on Saturday to mark the opening of the re-developed park by Torfaen’s Mayor Veronica Crick.

Speaking to the Argus in 2014 after her son’s death, mum Connie described her son as “having the biggest heart and most infectious smile you could imagine” who “brought a smile with his cheeky character everywhere he went”.

Since his death, she has kept her son’s memory alive campaigning to raise awareness of meningitis.

The park project was achieved through money from the Shae Brynley Button Memorial Fund together with funds donated from Croesyceiliog and Llanyrafon Community Council.

Volunteers helped to paint the fences, including two prisoners working in the community through Cwmbran Centre for Young People from HM Prison Prescoed.

A mural, painted across the back wall of the park, depicts Shea Brynley Button and his cat and was created by Louise Tolcher-Goldwin, senior education officer at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, assisted by Cerys Jackson and helped by community volunteers.

Funeral Directors, Arthur Peake & Sons (Funeral Service Ltd) gave permission for their wall to be used for the mural and Crownbridge Special School and Croesyceiliog School pupils attended the launch.

Connie Button added: “Thankyou to everyone that helped and that made it happen.”

Mayor Veronica Crick, who is also a ward member for Croesyceiliog South, said the event was “special” and “very much a community activity”.

“It was a special tribute to a boy who was obviously much loved by his family,” she said.