Charities in the North-east have been given an £8000 boost through Ellon Academy.
The money was distributed at the recent final of the school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
The YPI programme is currently delivered in 110 Scottish secondary by the Wood Family Trust.
Each school selects a year group to deliver the programme - between S2-S6 - which is then split into groups.
Teams then research a local social service issue they feel passionate about and identify an appropriate local grassroots charity.
They work together to create presentations and go through stages before the finalists appear before a panel of judges.
The group with the most discerning and impassioned argument then wins £3000 for their chosen charity.
At Ellon Academy’s final, something a little different happened.#
Instead of the usual £3,000, a total of £8,000 was distributed to local charities.
The winning team was given the YPI prize of £3000 to donate to RAS (Rape Abuse Support) from the Wood Family Trust, with the five
runner-up charities receiving £1,000 each from local businessman Gareth Jones and his wife Suzanne.
The £5000 donated by the couple will go to Alzheimer Scotland, Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, Ellon Talking Newspaper, the Archie Foundations, and Friends of Anchor.
Mr Jones said: “Suzanne and I are very proud of our local community and delighted to support it in this way.”
Originally a programme of the Toskan Casale Foundation in Canada, YPI was introduced in Scotland in 2008. It has since engaged with more than 25,000 pupils across the country.
The Wood Family Trust was established in March, 2007, by Sir Ian Wood and his immediate family.