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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Katie Ashbridge

Photo: Laura Lian

Sculptor: Laura Lian (b.1952)

Founder: Castle Arts Foundry

Materials: Statue in bronze; plinth in stone

Dimensions: Statue: h. 106.7cm; plinth h. 76.2cm

Inscription: In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years [quotation from Abraham Lincoln]

Unveiled: November 2011

Katie Ashbridge

Katie (Kathryn) Helen Ashbridge (1982–2007) attended Malvern College from 1994-99 and then St Edmund Hall, Oxford, but died tragically young of a brain haemorrhage at the age of twenty-five. She was a volunteer at a Quest Overseas project in Peru, where she taught sport, art, music and theatre to the children in Villa Maria, a shanty town in Lima. She was passionate about the project and following her death a fund established in her name was used to provide better living conditions for disadvantaged children and single mothers in that community.

A keen sportswoman, she is depicted in this statue as a fourteen year old schoolgirl Katie playing Netball. The memorial statue was commissioned by her parents, Kevan and Penny, to stand in her old school.

Location: Entrance to Sports Complex, Malvern College, Malvern, Worcestershire.