Pupils from Harris Academy used the festive period to embark on some serious fundraising – with fantastic results.
S6 pupils from each of the school’s four houses – Birnam, Forres, Kinloch and Cawdor – grouped together to hold events to raise funds for four good causes.
Birnam got together to raise £910 for the neonatal intensive care unit at Ninewells, with the £768 raised by Forres going to the children’s ward. The groups visited the hospital to hand over their donations.
Birnam raised the cash by selling wreaths and laser-cut Christmas decorations and “loads” of gingerbread at the school. They used the money to create special stockings filled with goodies for each of the babies who spent Christmas Day in the unit. The stockings also feature knitting which was donated for the cause by people around the city.
Birnam member Catriona Wilson had a personal reason for choosing the neonatal unit. She said: “My brother, who is now two, was in the unit when he was born so that is one of the reasons we decided to fundraise for it.
“I am really proud and glad we got to visit the unit to hand over the gifts.”
Forres raised funds mostly by a bake sale and a raffle which included prizes donated by Dundee Stars.
Forres member Euan Taylor said: “I wish we could still do more fundraising. We donated nearly £400 in toys to the children’s ward and gave the rest as a cheque.
“In previous years the amount raised by the houses has been much smaller so we have been very competitive this year and raised a great amount.”
Kinloch raised a massive £1,688 for Roxburghe House, with the main donations coming from a charity head shave completed by house captain Ciar Milne, who presented the cheque to the palliative care facility just before Christmas.
Cawdor raised £388 for Cash for Kids with a sponsored leg wax completed by a number of male pupils and staff.