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McCarthy Stones Milton Keynes team extends the hand of friendship to local school

McCarthy Stone’s Milton Keynes team extends the hand of friendship to local school
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13th February 2020

McCarthy Stone, the housebuilder behind the Jupiter House Retirement Living development currently under construction on Lichfield Down, Walnut Tree, has donated a buddy bench to the neighbouring Kents Hill School in order to help foster friendships outside the classroom.

The brightly-coloured bench, which is now positioned in the playground, is intended to promote positive mental wellbeing, by giving pupils a special place where they can go if they are looking for a companion.

Mrs Jane Mackie, Headteacher at Kents Hill School, commented: “Our school values of friendship, honesty, respect, equality, and kindness are very important to us, as is supporting the emotional well-being of our children. By having a buddy bench in the playground, our children can be there for each other when someone needs to talk or find someone to play with – supporting these core values. We are delighted with the bench and are extremely grateful to McCarthy Stone for their kind donation.”

Julie Ward, National Sales Director for McCarthy Stone, said: “We are thrilled to hear that Heronsgate Primary School will be making good use of the buddy bench. We understand how important it is for people of any age to feel a sense of belonging, and to have a friend they can turn to when they feel the need to talk. Loneliness isn’t just something that affects older people in our communities, but everyone of all ages. We hope pupils at Heronsgate Primary School continue to develop long-lasting friendships from the bench.”

Comprising a collection of luxury Retirement Living apartments for the over 60s, Jupiter House will offer retirees the opportunity to downsize and maintain an active, independent lifestyle, surrounded by like-minded individuals. Jupiter House will be available to buy off-plan in Spring 2020 and first occupants are expected in Autumn 2020.

Retirement Living provides an ideal downsizing option for older people seeking the privacy and independence that comes with owning your own home, but with additional help and support on-hand if required. 

The development will feature a Club Lounge; ideal for socialising with friends; landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a comfortable Guest Suite, should residents have friends or relatives to stay.  A dedicated House Manager will take care of the day-to-day running of the development; while a secure entry system and 24-hour emergency call points will provide added peace-of-mind.

Located in the quiet residential area of Walnut Tree, future residents will have access to a range of local amenities. For those who love spending time outdoors, Caldecotte Lake is less than a mile away from Jupiter House, and offers aces of stunning parkland, as well as a great place for birdwatching. 

To find out more about Retirement Living in Milton Keynes, please contact McCarthy Stone on 0800 201 4811 or visit

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