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Inshes Primary School pupils in Inverness help to raise more than £700 for charities during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

By Philip Murray

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Youngsters at Inshes Primary celebrate their fundraising total.
Youngsters at Inshes Primary celebrate their fundraising total.

KIND-hearted pupils at an Inverness school have done their bit to help less able children during the pandemic by raising £711 through an auction.

The money will be donated by youngsters at Inshes Primary to two local charities, Special Needs Action Project (SNAP) and Positive About Down Syndrome, to help support children and their families trying to get by under coronavirus restrictions.

“Well done to the pupils and staff, it is great to see our young people pull together to support others during this challenging time,” said Councillor John Finlayson, chairman of Highland Council’s education committee.

“The rewards of their efforts in engaging with local businesses and organising the virtual event is greatly appreciated and they should be very proud of their achievement.”

Pupils belonging to the school’s house leadership team contacted businesses for donations and hosted a virtual auction open to the local community.

The online auction was led by principal teacher Tavs Laurie and prizes included hampers, cakes, a signed football top and signed goalie gloves, as well as a family ticket to a Caley Thistle game.

Mr Laurie said: “We had been learning about children’s rights in our school, and in particular about children with disabilities. The pupils decided they wanted to help. It is a huge gesture from them. I am very proud of our young people.”

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael said: “This has been a difficult year for all of us in our local community, across Highland and nationally.

“It is inspiring to see our young people thinking of others and working creatively within the restrictions placed upon them.”

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