Earlston students 
set sights on Peru

EARLSTON High School teenagers are on a mission to raise money to help children in Peru.

The 10 modern studies students need to raise £10,000 to take part in a Vine Trust initiative next June and each needs to raise a further £2,200 to cover their trip costs.

One of the organisers, Avril Tobin said: “The children heard about the Vine Trust from modern studies teacher Richard Burrell. It caught their imagination – they are all good kids who want to make a difference to children who are less fortunate than themselves.

“They will be helping to build an orphanage. They know it will be challenging, and certainly not a holiday.”

The students involved are Chloe Tobin-Kemmer, Katherine Arkley, Eilidh Hogg, Alice Thomson, Zara Retallick, Ella Warner, Mary Beth Patterson, Calum Brydon-Leigh, Scott Hamilton and Greg Crighton.

Eyemouth and Berwickshire high schools will also be taking part in the project and at sponsored events involving the three schools are planned, starting with a bed-push from Duns to Eyemouth and sleepover in cardboard boxes, at the end of next month.

The youngsters’s next fundraiser will be a car boot sale at Radio Borders in Tweedbank on Sunday August 26. Other planned events include a coffee morning in the Corn Exchange, Melrose on September 8, afternoon tea in Gattonside on September 16 and dinner with speakers at Melrose Rugby Club on December 1.