Young people in Linlithgow raised hundreds of pounds last weekend during a spate of fundraising activities for Children in Need.
From fancy dress to beetle drives and even a sponsored head shave, schools and organisations were all too keen to help with the appeal, which supports disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK.
11-year-old Harry Moore had been growing his hair for two years when he had it dramatically shaved off in front of his classmates at Linlithgow Primary School last Friday. Harry, who hates having his hair cut, made a special pact last year with his mother, Samantha, that he didn’t have to cut his hair until the event. Donations on the day as well as on his Just Giving page mean that he has raised over £600 so far - six times his target total.
Harry is a member of the 2nd West Lothian Scout Group, who also rallied behind the appeal. The 2nd West Lothian Beavers brought along their favourite stuffed toys for a teddy bears’ picnic, made Pudsey posters and had a Pudsey beetle drive. The fun was rounded off by a sponsored silence, raising £200.
Sam Moore, Beaver Scout Leader said: “They all managed to stay quiet for 20 minutes - that’s a long time for most Beaver Scouts! Some of them had so much fun that they even asked to do it again”.
Over at Lowport Primary, primary 1-7s on the Pupil Council organised a full day of activities, including a colouring competition, a raffle, a treasure map and a penny drop. Children were given the option of dressing up as a superhero in school last Friday or “wearing something Pudsey”.
Elizabeth Ramsay, Acting Principal Teacher said: “The pupils loved taking part in Children in Need and those on the Pupil Council had a great time working together. The children organised it all, managing to raise £272.84”.
And it wasn’t just primary schools taking part in the fun. At Linlithgow Academy, S6 pupils roamed the corridors in fancy dress, collecting £1178.47 in donations from their fellow students. The event, which is an eagerly anticipated annual tradition at the Academy, saw pupils costumed as superheroes, Harry Potter characters and Mario Kart racers amongst other things.
Hannah Cudmore, one of the S6 pupils involved in the school charity group said: “It was so fun to take part in and we’re really pleased with how much money we raised”.