Banchory Academy pupils raise £8649 for charity

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Pupils from Banchory Academy have handed over a cheque for £8649 to medical charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

The youngsters, who took on a demanding 320 kilometre cross country challenge this summer, crossing from Oban to Spey Bay using a whole variety of forms of transport, had the satisfaction of seeing what their hard-won sponsorship cash will be used for when they handed over their cheque to the charity at the Dalvenie Resource Centre in Banchory.

Eleven pupils and four of their teachers who completed the cross country challenge attended the charity’s local Volunteer Stroke Service group on Tuesday morning to hand over the magnificent sum they had raised and also met some of the people who benefit from the service.

Members organised a special open day for the occasion where pupils, family members and anyone else interested in the work of the charity could go along to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and learn more about stroke illness and the services Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland provides in the local community.

The organisers are still particularly keen to meet people who could spare some time to volunteer at the Banchory Group.

The charity was selected by the pupils to benefit from their fundraising efforts since one of the boys taking part lost his dad to a stroke last year.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s fundraising manager for the North-east, Paul Corrigan, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to accept this magnificent cheque which represents an amazing achievement on the part of all the pupils, their teachers, families and friends who volunteered their time and efforts to organise the event and support the team.

“The money raised will make a real impact on our ability to continue supporting those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness across Scotland.”