Secondary school pupils across Scotland secured £690,000 for small, grassroots charities in Scotland through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
Taking place in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority regions, charities tackling social issues such as mental health, domestic abuse, community provision, health support services and sports were benefactors of YPI grants.
And, Ellon Academy was just one of the schools in the north-east which bid for funding for its chosen charity - Hamish Dear’s Warm Hugs.
The charity was launched in May 2016, to keep children smiling through their toughest battles. They provide families with vouchers for easy to access day-trip activities/restaurants which they can enjoy without having to worry about their financial situation.
In the coming year, 255 schools will take part in YPI, one of the biggest and most successful independent initiatives being delivered in Scottish education, engaging a total of 34,000 young people in their local communities.
YPI is the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. Its UK Deputy Director Jonathan Christie said: “The results from the 2017/18 academic year provide a unique insight of the causes empowered young people in communities across Scotland care about. we are looking forward to seeing what this year’s cohort achieve.”