You've got a friend in Scottish War Blinded: Special benches donated to local school

Posted: 18/05/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

A young pupil from Woodburn Primary School, Alix Renwick has unveiled brand new "friendship benches" produced by Scottish War Blinded Veterans.

Whilst playing in the large playground area at Woodburn Primary School, Alix noticed that some of the young children were playing on their own and didn't have others to play with.

"It made me feel sad seeing the others playing on their own. I don't want people to be alone and that's when I had my idea."

After getting the the green light to independently fundraise from Head Teacher Mrs Findlay, Alix began selling slime, hot chocolate and biscuits to her friends and family. Alix successfully fundraised over £400 for her friendship benches.

Alix and her parents initially looked at purchasing benches from a large garden retailer but they felt the quality meant they wouldn't last for years to come. Instead they wanted to find a charity who could build the benches and the money could be donated. A staff member from the school then suggested to Mrs Renwick to approach Scottish War Blinded.

The Renwick family made a visit to the Linburn Centre to find out more about how the veterans hand-made their benches. They were so impressed by the quality of them that they commissioned four to be made.

On Friday 18th of May, the benches were unveiled to pupils, teachers and family members with a ribbon cutting. John Finlay and Ewan Bowie, attended along with Woodwork Instructor James Gregson.

John and Ewan produced the four benches along with fellow Scottish War Blinded veterans John Harling and Tom Hedges. Ewan described producing these benches as a "privilege", adding:

"This was such a fantastic initiative from Alix and we were delighted to make them so her idea could become a reality. We love making things for people to enjoy in their gardens, we hope many children will benefit for years to come."