Pupils set to take on eight-day expedition

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More than a dozen Banchory Academy pupils are to take part in an eight-day expedition across Scotland by foot, mountain bike and canoe, at the end of the month.

Thirteen pupils will be crossing from Skye to Spey Bay - a total distance of 300km. The pupils are aged 12-15 and are taking part as part of their activities week.

Depute Rector Colin Nicoll has run the trip since 2009, selecting a different route each time, and the 33 pupils who have taken part have raised over £24,000 for local charities in the three years.

This year, they are supporting HorseBack UK, based near Dinnet, Aboyne. The pupils recently visited the charity and came away inspired to raise as much as they could during their eight days of adventure, having seen the rewarding and life-changing work that is done there.

HorseBack UK was created to provide a safe and secure environment to aid those serving, or those who have served in the UK armed forces, many of whom have suffered physical injury and/or acute stress as a result of their commitment to their country.

One pupil has organised a golf event for her Dad’s work and another has made handmade cards, which she is selling. The pupils will depart on on May 26.