Exmouth school bench tribute to Lily's special mum

PUBLISHED: 07:55 27 July 2013

Exeter Road pupil Lily Robbins sitting on 'Caroline's Bench' dedicated in memory of Lily's mother. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4123-24-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exeter Road pupil Lily Robbins sitting on 'Caroline's Bench' dedicated in memory of Lily's mother. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4123-24-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A SPECIAL bench has been dedicated to the memory of Caroline Robbins, a much-missed mum, parent and meal-time assistant at Exmouth's Exeter Road Community Primary School.

The site of “Caroline’s bench” was chosen by her daughter, nine-year-old Lily, a pupil at the school.

As well as being a pleasant place to sit – and a nice place for Lily to remember her mum - it’s also a “make-a-friend” bench, so that lonely children can have new friends to talk to and play with.

Caroline died suddenly from cancer over Christmas.

“It was a big shock,” said Paul Gosling, the school’s head teacher. “She was in hospital and three weeks later she passed away.

“The community wanted to remember Caroline and had a collection, and the family contributed as well.

“We got enough together for a bench. It will be a nice way that Lily can sit on the bench and remember her mum, and other children can do the same.”

A dedication ceremony was held recently with the family. It was led by Sid Humphries, a teaching assistant who is training to be a vicar.

“If anyone’s no-one’s friend, they can sit at it,” said Mr Gosling. “We tell the other children, if you see someone sitting alone on the bench, they can sit next to them, have a chat, or play a game together.”

And what does Lily think of her mum’s bench?

“She’s very proud of it and I guess it’s helping,” said Mr Gosling.

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