Published: 18/03/2017 19:00 - Updated: 17/03/2017 16:00

Pupils raise cash for children's hospital

Written byNicole Webber

Fundraising P4 to P7 pupils and teachers show off their purple clobber. Front, Keira-Ann and Peter Barron.
Fundraising P4 to P7 pupils and teachers show off their purple clobber. Front, Keira-Ann and Peter Barron.

CHILDREN at an Inverness primary school have raised more than £1000 for a sick children’s hospital by donning purple clothes for a day.

Raigmore Primary School hosted its very first Pop Up Purple Day in aid of the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Former pupil Dean Boyce (13) received life-saving treatment at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow in 2015 when an eye test uncovered a brain tumour.

Although he has now moved on to Millburn Academy, Dean’s mother Lynn works at Raigmore Primary as a pupil support assistant and her youngest son also attends the school.

The children decided they wanted to raise money for the hospital and came up with the idea of a Pop Up Purple Day, which recognises the Royal Hospital for Children’s official colour.

The children brought in a pound each to dress up in purple and had the opportunity to purchase purple snacks, bandanas, bracelets and rubbers from a pop-up shop in the school.

Mrs Boyce said it was so successful, she hopes to turn it into an annual event.

"Dean thinks it’s an amazing idea," she said. "The money is going to such a good cause, and he was treated so well by the hospital.

"It was amazing to see everyone dressed up in purple, with purple faces and purple food in the canteen."

Some staff and a parent at the school also took part in the Inverness Half Marathon, raising £400 to bring the grand total to more than £1400.

Dean underwent two brain surgeries and fought meningitis after complaining to his mother that his eyesight was blurred.

An optician referred him to hospital, where he underwent brain surgery. He continues to travel to Glasgow once a year for checks and is back playing with Caley Thistle as a junior.

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