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Pudsey raises £2,400 for socially distanced ‘natter’ benches

An appeal to raise money to install a natter bench to combat loneliness and isolation in Pudsey has raised enough cash to buy TWO of the benches.

Generous Pudsey residents raised £2,408 after Pudsey councillor Mark Harrison contacted the Pudsey Born and Bred group admin on Facebook about donations to for a natter bench for the Pudsey residents.

The idea follows the introduction of an extra-long 2.4-metre socially distanced natter bench in Horsforth, which aims to combat loneliness during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Mark Harrison (Cons, Pudsey) said on Pudsey Born and Bred:

“With this great effort I have decided to buy a second bench using some of my Members’ Improvements in the Community and the Environment (MICE) money. This means we can have one bench on Pudsey park, near the play area, and the second in Sparrow Park.

“There will be £400 left, which is going to be given to the Pudsey Community craft Group, who did the knitted tree and wreaths for another project last Christmas.”

Bench: Sparrow Park, opposite the Cenotaph on Carlisle Road in Pudsey.

Pudsey resident Lisa Farrar said:

“Once the bench is installed it will be ideal for any local resident to venture out for a socially distancing stroll and a natter with like-minded locals on the natter bench.”

Once the benches installed it will be ideal for any local resident to venture out for a socially distanced stroll and a natter with like-minded locals on the natter bench.

WLD first featured the appeal last month.

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