Cardwell steps in after vandals destroy memorial bench
BIG-HEARTED bosses at Cardwell Garden Centre have stepped in to replace a park bench in memory of a young Greenock teacher that had been destroyed by vandals.
And the mother of 31-year-old Clare McCurdy, who sadly passed away last year, says the “amazing gesture” from Cardwell, near Gourock has “restored her faith in human nature”.
Family and friends were shocked and saddened after rampaging teenagers trashed the bench at Lunderston Bay and tried to use it as firewood.
At the time, Clare’s mum, Theresa, of Cathie Alan Place, Greenock said the family couldn’t find the words to describe how distraught they were when they heard the bench had been trashed.
But Clare and her other daughter, Lauren have now visited Lunderston Bay to see the new replacement bench donated by Cardwell Garden Centre.
Theresa said: “This is an amazing gesture by Cardwell and we can’t thank them enough. After what happened, this has restored my faith in human nature.
“To see the bench back in its place has made the family so happy after how shocked we were.”
Lunderston Bay was a favourite spot of Clare’s and she regularly went for walks there. Fellow teachers at Kirklandneuk Primary School, in Renfrew, where Clare worked had raised the money to put a bench there in her memory.
A plaque, which was recovered from a piece of the vandalised bench, reads: “For Clare. A truly loved and unique person who shone so brightly and brought a touch of sparkle to everything and everyone in her life. You are forever in our hearts xxx.”
Clare’s sister, Lauren said: “It’s fantastic that the people at Cardwell would be kind enough to replace the bench and we’ll still be able to visit Lunderston Bay and remember Clare.”
Paul Carmichael, retail general manager at Cardwell said: “It’s so unbelievably sad that anyone would even think of destroying a bench in memory of someone who has passed away.
“When we heard what had happened, we didn’t hesitate to offer to replace the bench with an identical one.
“We hope we’ve gone some way to help the family get over this despicable act of vandalism to their late daughter’s bench. We knew how much the bench meant to the family and their friends.”