Pupil ‘s fundraiser gives charity a boost

Aimee Coutts, left,  handing over the cheque to  Emma Slessor, the  Archie Foundation's fundraising manager.
Aimee Coutts, left, handing over the cheque to Emma Slessor, the Archie Foundation's fundraising manager.

An Ellon Academy pupil has raised £1357 for charity by organising a ceilidh.

Aimee Coutts, 16, arranged the event in support of the Archie Foundation as part of a Gold Arts Award project.

She was attending Dyce Music School and had to organise a musical event as part of the award.

The sixth year pupil chose to use the ceilidh in the Station Hotel, Ellon, as a fundraiser, as a family friend had battled leukaemia and had received help from the Archie Foundation.

The event has a strong Ellon Academy element with music being provided by Rave Against The Haggis - who were the school’s ceilidh band a couple of years ago.

Band members have all now left the academy but have kept the group together.

Aimee is due to learn the outcome of her arts award assessment this week.

The Gold Arts Award is the highest level at level 3, and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills.

The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff, which used to allocate points to post-16 qualifications.

Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25.