Larbert pupils' incredible £12,000 fundraiser pays for day at hospice

Pupils and staff at Larbert High School have raised an incredible £12,900 to 'pay for a day' at Strathcarron Hospice.

By Kirsty Paterson
Friday, 9th October 2020, 12:30 pm
Larbert High School is funding a day at Strathcarron Hospice (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Larbert High School is funding a day at Strathcarron Hospice (Pic: Michael Gillen)

Their amazing donation will cover the cost of all of Strathcarron's specialist palliative care services on Friday (October 9).

The pupils and staff got the whole school community involved in fundraising events and activities over the past 18 months - taking part in dress-down days, bucket collections and even a 'lip sync' competition between staff and pupils to raise vital funds.

Pupils also played their part in the hospice’s own fundraising events, including its annual fashion show last November, when Art & Design pupils upcycled donated goods and shared them on the catwalk.

The team didn’t let lockdown get in the way either, producing and donating face shields to the hospice at the height of the pandemic.

A group from the Tryst Community Sports Hub also took on their own May Marathon challenge raising £2550 towards their target.

Kirsty MacGowan, teacher of health and wellbeing and part of the charity leadership team, said: “Larbert High are delighted to have reached the target we set ourselves to raise funds to Pay for a Day at Strathcarron Hospice.

"The relationship we have built with the hospice across the faculties is

invaluable and allows our whole community to contribute in a variety of different ways."

Claire Kennedy, community fundraiser at Strathcarron Hospice said: “We are absolutely blown away by the generosity and support of the school community at Larbert High School.

"They have shown such commitment to the Hospice; not only to raise vital funds but to contribute more widely to the hospice by donating goods to sell and manufacturing face shields for our doctors and nurses.

"Their talented pupils also have an extensive portfolio of Art & Design projects on display within the Hospice, which really brighten and improve the surroundings for patients and staff alike.

"Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved for their generous support and commitment to helping us continue to care for local people facing a terminal illness”.

The school has now pledged to pay for another day - and the fundraising efforts have already got underway.

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