‘You’ve got a friend in me’ – Caddington housebuilder helps foster friendships

A donation went towards the purchase of a friendship bench

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:36 pm

A Caddington housebuilder is helping schoolchildren to make new friends.

Redrow South Midlands, currently building at Caddington Woods, on Chaul End, has presented Roundwood Primary School, in Harpenden, with a donation of £830.

The money went towards the purchase of a friendship bench, designed to support children’s mental health and foster new friendship and human interaction.

The money went towards the purchase of a friendship bench

Children feeling overwhelmed or lonely can use the feature to connect with other children who feel the same.

Kate Hooft, Headteacher at Roundwood Primary School, said: “We are incredibly grateful to receive Redrow’s donation – the bench is already a well-loved feature of our playground.

“Children’s mental health can often be overlooked; yet, in light of the past year, it’s more important than ever to make sure they receive the emotional support they need.

"The friendship bench is a great way to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding it while encouraging children to be kind and form new connections.

“We’re already starting to see friendships being born, and we’re looking forward to seeing many more being created in the months and years ahead.”

Suzanne Irons, sales director for Redrow South Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have helped Roundwood Primary School purchase a beautiful friendship bench.

“Over the past year, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding mental health, with an emphasis on promoting emotional wellbeing both in schools and workplaces.

"We’re proud to be a part of this conversation by helping to raise awareness among younger children and making sure they know how important it is to reach out when things don’t feel quite right.

“We loved seeing the pictures of children using the bench, and we’re looking forward to hearing many more tales of friendship for years to come.”