Thanks from CHAS

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AN Aberdeen charity have described bring ‘bowled over’ by a donation from first year pupils at Ellon Academy.

The charity - which funds hospice services for children in Scotland - received a cheque for £3000 from pupils on Tuesday, after a collective sponsored marathon by first years from Mrs Davidson’s Business Education class.

David Strathearn, who is a spokesman for CHAS, told the Times: “We started by holding workshops with the pupils to get them to think about what sort of services a children’s hospice would offer, and to dispel misconceptions about children with life shortening illnesses.

“Youngsters were asked to give their opinions on what life inside a hospice would look like, before being shown a video about the reality - that children in hospices have the same interests as other children. It’s really about changing people’s preconceptions.”

CHAS fundraiser Hannah Archibald added: “What followed on from that was a collective marathon, where the youngsters in question pledged to run 26 miles between them for sponsorship. The amount that they have raised - a very small group as well - is just incredible. We are just bowled over by the pupils’ enthusiasm, and their fundraising abilities.”

Teacher Margaret Davidson added: “I saw an article about CHAS and it snowballed from there. This is the second event the school has held to benefit the charity and we’ve built a strong relationship since.

“Credit has to go to the school’s Physical Education department who helped us organise the event.”