School fundraiser proves full of fun

Lucy Whellans, Lily Hutchinson, Rhys Girling, Chloe Harper and Ailsa McIlroy at the duck dip.
Lucy Whellans, Lily Hutchinson, Rhys Girling, Chloe Harper and Ailsa McIlroy at the duck dip.

From bucking broncos to soaking teachers, Earlston High students set their stall out at a fundraising fun day in aid of motor neurone disease research and school projects.

Organised by S4 pupils as part of a leadership programme, the East End school opened its doors to family, friends, alumni and the wider community on Saturday.

A range of activities, including a challenge to guess the teddy’s birthday, face-painting and a raffle helped raise more than £500, with quizzes, school tours and science lessons also entertaining the crowds.

Andrew Foggin, principal teacher of leadership for S1-S3s, said: “The S4 pupils did a magnificent job in organising a very successful event.

“Around 500 people came on the day, which was great.

“It was the first time we’ve had a day like this, so we weren’t sure how it would go, but we’re really pleased with how it worked out.

“S4 pupils were assisted on the day by S3, who will organise the event next year.”

A performance from the school show drew a crowd of 150 to the school hall, with sumo suits and a Gladiators-style challenge also proving popular.

“We had fun science lessons too, where we made slime and fireworks,” Mr Foggin said.

“The day raised £550, to be split between school funds and MND research.”