Music 4 U, an inclusive provider of performing arts classes in Aberdeen and Shire, is reaching out to the local community in search of a skilled carpenter to restore a bench generously awarded to their founder, Debra Baxter, in 2020. The bench, a creation of renowned designer Jay Blades MBE, was presented to Debra Baxter as a symbol of recognition for her unwavering dedication to the community.

Originally placed outside Aberdeen Arts Centre, the bench has weathered the elements over the years. In an effort to preserve its significance and showcase it inside The Ivories Coffee Shop, Music 4 U is on the lookout for a talented local carpenter who can bring the bench back to its original glory.

Debra Baxter, the recipient of the bench, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, "This bench holds sentimental value for Music 4 U and the community it serves. We believe restoring it will not only honor the craftsmanship of Jay Blades MBE, but it will be a fantastic addition to our amazing Ivories Coffee Shop”

The organisation is calling on the community for support and encourages interested carpenters to get in touch. Donna Deans, the contact person for the project, can be reached via email at

Founded in 2003, Music 4 U has been positively impacting the lives of young people and their families through inclusive performing arts classes. The organisation offers tailored learning experiences in a supportive, uplifting, and inspiring environment. Music 4 U's dedication to inclusivity is reflected in its diverse team of tutors, musicians, support staff, and volunteers, all selected for their ability to empathise and enrich the lives of every participant.

Music 4 U runs 12 classes per week for 50 weeks of the year from its studio at Waterloo Quay and has held over 500 public performances across Scotland since 2005. As a registered Trinity Arts Award Centre, the organisation enables young people to work towards accredited qualifications while participating in workshops and performances. For more information about Music 4 U and how to support the bench restoration project, please visit

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