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New Benches for Jack's Garden at St Palladius Primary School

Jack's Bench

Several years ago, St Palladius Primary School created a garden in memory of a former pupil, Jack Docherty, who tragically passed away. The garden consisted of wooden benches and functioned as an area for pupils and staff to learn, play and read. As a memorial to Jack, the garden also represented the perfect place for pupils and staff to spend time reflecting and coming to terms with bereavements and loss.

Unfortunately, over time, the wooden benches in Jack’s Garden were exposed to the elements and are now beyond repair. It is important that Jack is not forgotten and therefore St Palladius Primary School is committed to replacing the benches with more durable metal alternatives that will last for a lot longer. The McFarlane family remain local, and several relations still attend the school. By renewing the bench, it shows Jack’s family, friends and the wider community that he has not been forgotten.

Dalry Parish Boundary Trust are delighted to grant £2684 towards the purchase of the new benches so that pupils and staff can continue to remember Jack and the contribution he made to the school and the wider community.

Diane Wood, Community Benefits Director at Community Windpower said, “Jack’s passing was a tragic event for his family and the pupils and staff of St Palladius Primary School. It is important to ensure that his contributions are never forgotten. The beautiful new benches in the memorial garden will continue to provide the perfect setting for reflecting and spending time outdoors.”

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