COMMUNITY project the Mill of Benholm received a funding boost this week when a group of students from Aberdeen College chose them as the recipients of their monthly charity collection.
Some of the members of the class are regular visitors to the Mill of Benholm, which offers training in various skills including catering, horticulture, furniture restoration, shop and office work. for adults with special needs, and they took their classmates to the mill on Tuesday to help show them around the site and to present a cheque to the Chairman of the Board, Ian Hunter.
The class, which are studying retail at Aberdeen College, have a collection every month for good causes, and this year managed to raise an impressive £522.35. Retail lecturer Fiona Duff said: “I was delighted when the students suggested Mill of Benholm as one of our chosen charities, as it sounds a very interesting place, and we are all looking forward to being shown round by the students.”
Chariman Ian Hunter said that the money will be spent on the continuous improvement of the site. He said that they are currently installing lighting on the path and hope to improve the many surrounding walkways, but there are always maintenance costs to keep the Mill of Benholm going aswell.
He said: “Recently new walkways have gone in, which allows people to explore the surrounding woods, we have made a memorial garden Alyson Reid and pupils from Lathallan School are doing a composting project here.
“We are just the custodians of the Mill, we feel very strongly that it belongs to the community and we would like to encourage people from every part of the community to come along and help us to make it the great place it could be. Community groups can hold events here for free, and we also have a wonderful coffee shop for visitors to enjoy.”