Local academies donate a whopping £15k to charity

Pupils with the donation from Aboyne Academy.
Pupils with the donation from Aboyne Academy.

Academies from across Deeside and Donside were amongst 100 schools to attend a national charity event after raising £15,000 for local causes.

Pupils from Aboyne Academy, Alford Academy, Banchory Academy, Cults Academy, and Westhill Academy attended the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) National Event on Wednesday June 12 at Perth Concert Hall.

The Aberdeenshire schools joined 100 others from across Scotland, which collectively raised £324,000 for small, local Scottish charities.

Each of the Deeside and Donside academies donated £3000 to different charities based in the area.

Aboyne Academy made their generous donation to HorseBack UK, whilst Alford Academy chose Silver Circle Alford.

HorseBack UK provides a safe and secure environment to aid those serving, or those who have served, in the UK armed forces.

Silver Circle Alford is a community transport initiative in Donside, which runs buses to Aboyne and Ballater as well as a Hospital Voluntary Driver Scheme.

Banchory Academy raised money for Penumbra, a mental health and wellbeing support charity.

The £3000 from Cults Academy went to Aberdeen based charity CALICO, which offers support to children with leukaemia and their families.

Westhill’s donation helped Befriend a Child, which offers a befriending service for disadvantaged children.

The day-long YPI event recognised the charitable work and engagement of almost 15,000 Scottish secondary students.

In Scotland, YPI is now in its sixth year of delivery and, to date, has donated £948,000 to

local grassroots charities across the country with an additional spend of £572,000 on the

supporting framework.

Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of the Wood Family Trust, spoke at the event in Perth.

He said: “One of my hopes is that this young generation will be a lot more caring and tolerant than certainly my generation, and the introduction of philanthropy into their young lives is making them more aware, and there are clear signs of the opportunities to help the more vulnerable in our society.”