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Donated benches from Aberchirder and District Men’s Shed will help Huntly patients stay active by gardening, as the Foggie group supports Friends of Jubilee Hospital


By Lewis McBlane

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A PAIR of unique benches are set to improve the lives of Huntly hospital patients, after local community groups came together to have them built.

The Friends of Jubilee Hospital in Huntly have been gifted two benches from the Aberchirder and District Men's Shed to be used in the hospital gardens…Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Friends of Jubilee Hospital in Huntly have been gifted two benches from the Aberchirder and District Men's Shed to be used in the hospital gardens…Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Created by Aberchirder and District Men’s Shed, the outdoor furniture will help keep patients at the Jubilee Hospital’s Rothieden Ward active by potting up plants.

Stephen Grassick, who was the joiner at Balmoral for 35 years, worked with Friends of Jubilee Hospital to create the benches, one of which is designed for wheelchair users and the other for those who can sit and stand unaided.

The Aberchirder and District Men’s Shed provided all labour and materials free of charge.

Presented with the benches on June 27, Friends of Jubilee Hospital chairwoman Fiona Murray praised the finished articles and thanked Mr Grassick and the Shed for the hard work.


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