Joinery students put skills to the test to help out hospice

St Benedicts furniture restoration PR
St Benedicts furniture restoration PR
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STUDENTS are putting newly-learned skills to good use to help out a hospice.

Second and third-year students at Sunderland College have been repairing and refurbishing antique and used furniture donated to St Benedict’s Hospice.

The hospice has also provided materials for the college and asked level-two joinery students to build furniture from scratch to be sold at a new hospice outletdue to open later this year.

Robert Crutwell, a joinery lecturer at the college, said: “The students have been putting their skills to use, polishing and re-waxing antique furniture so that it is in the best possible condition for sale.

“While learning new techniques, the students are also enjoying building high-quality bird tables and picnic benches to be sold in the new outlet, and all of the funds will be donated to the hospice.”

The Ryhope hospice has provided palliative care to the people of Sunderland since 1984.

Care is provided by staff from South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.