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'Buddy bench' installed at Shropshire school to help kids make new friends

Market Drayton | Education | Published:

School pupils looking to buddy up can use a new bench in the schoolyard to find companionship.

Jack (standing) with Heidi, Freya and Max. They are all anti-bullying ambassadors for the school

A new 'buddy bench' has been donated to Audlem St James Primary School in Audlem, near Market Drayton, by developers McCarthy and Stone.

The brightly-coloured bench installed in the playground is a place where children can go if they are looking for a friend.

McCarthy and Stone are behind the Lyme Wood Grange development in Audlem.

Fiona Brooks, regional sales and marketing director at McCarthy and Stone North West, said: “We are delighted that Audlem St James Primary School are making full use of the buddy bench.

"We understand how important it is for people of any age to feel a sense of belonging and to have a friend they can turn to when they feel the need to talk. Loneliness isn’t just something that affects older people – it can affect everyone, whatever their age.

"We hope pupils at Audlem St James Primary School continue to develop long-lasting friendships from the bench.”

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