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PICTURES: Merkinch Primary School’s nursery had a special visitor from Highland Hospice recently – who left the kids buzzing!


By Imogen James


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The children running to see Bobby the Bee. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The children running to see Bobby the Bee. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The school hosted a teddy bear’s picnic with bears provided by the hospice courtesy of their charity shop warehouse.

Each bear came complete with a child’s name attached and youngsters had lots fo fun searching for their own special friend.

A spokesperson for the Highland Hospice said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to help Merkinch Primary ELC by donating two bags of teddies to their nursery children’s bear hunt.

“Seeing all these happy wee faces truly made our day. We receive so much support locally that it is an absolute pleasure to be able to put something back into the community whenever we can.”

The children loved meeting their new cuddly friends – and hospice mascot Bobby the Bee even popped along too.

Nelleigh Macdougall with Bobby the bee. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Nelleigh Macdougall with Bobby the bee. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Teacher Alex MacQueen helped organise the event which was part of a fun day for the nursery children.

Niah Faukes found the doll with her name on it. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Niah Faukes found the doll with her name on it. Picture: James Mackenzie.

She said: “We wanted to do something special for all of the children after the pandemic that was at no cost to parents. The older children went to Landmark but the younger ones had a full day of fun.

“Enjoyaball came and did a variety of activities in the hall in the morning. In the afternoon they had the teddy bear picnic and the hospice were very kind as they generously donated almost all of the teddies at short notice.

Bobby the bee getting a photo with the children. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Bobby the bee getting a photo with the children. Picture: James Mackenzie.

“The children enjoyed the fun afternoon in the garden and the teddy bear picnic. All 96 children received a book and a teddy and an ice lolly. The icing on the cake was Bobby the Bee, which caused much delight. We didn’t expect that and it was really kind of them.”


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