Hatful of cash for children’s hospital

Earlston charity fashion show for Great Ormond Street hospital run because of harry McCulloch's treatment at the hospital.
Earlston charity fashion show for Great Ormond Street hospital run because of harry McCulloch's treatment at the hospital.

ORGanisers of a fund-raiser in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in London, expect to rake in almost £2,000 by the time all donations from a fashion event at Earlston Primary School are collected.

Last week, TheSouthern reported that Melrose hat designer, Karen Reid, had been working with the school’s primary seven pupils on a project designing and making their own Easter bonnets from recycled materials.

The winning hats were then picked after a catwalk fashion show staged as part of the Easter extravaganza at the school on Friday night.

The rest of the school was also involved, with a colouring-in competition for the nursery department and primaries one, two and three, while pupils from primary four to six have made Easter pictures using recycled items.

The cash raised will go towards Harry’s Fund in aid of the children’s charity that supports the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Earlston primary three pupil Harry McCulloch, Stuart’s son, has received treatment for much of the past year. To say “thank you” to Great Ormond Street, Harry and his family are now trying to raise as much money as they can.

Karen told TheSouthern this week that Friday’s event had been a great success. “We’ve had amazing feedback from everyone who attended, saying how much they enjoyed it.

“The primary seven kids were absolute stars on the stage and the dance group really entertained the crowd. Everything went so fast and I barely had time to stop and think before I realised it was 9pm.

“Harry was on top form and joined in with everything, from helping with the raffle to dancing on the catwalk and he certainly stole the show.”

Karen says just over £1,200 was raised on the night. “And there are more donations coming in which will take out total to just under the £2,000, which is amazing.

“A great big thank you has to go out to everyone who took part, helped and attended the event and it just goes to show that even though Earlston is a small villiage, the community were more than willing to support such a great cause.”