Good neighbours

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PUPILS from Williamwood high have set an example for their neighbours by collecting cash to fight cancer.

The school’s charity deputes Rachel Henderson and Fraser Carle (both S6) organised a dress as you please day, raising £400 for the national Stand Up to Cancer drive, which was kicked off by a Channel 4 telethon last month.

Fraser (16) told The Extra: “We thought it was important to pick a charity which was relevant to what was going on at the time.

“It’s important to us that it goes back into the community, by presenting money to the Clarkston branch of Cancer Research UK, because all the money we’ve raised has come from our pupils and parents”.

The pair visited the Clarkston store this week to hand over the cheque – and manager Catriona Hunter was happy to receive it.

She commented: “What the shops set out to do was involve locals in fundraising for the Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

“Williamwood high got back in touch straight away to say they wanted to raise money for us, and we’re absolutely delighted to receive a cheque from the area’s flagship school – I hope we’ll keep that link up in the future”.

The generosity continued over at East Renfrewshire council this week, where staff dug deep and raised £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Most of the money was raised at a quiz night held in Clarkston Halls, where delighted raffle winners donated their prizes back, increasing ticket sales and adding to the total for the night.

And from recent fundraising drives to one coming up, as Newlands parents strive for a target of £3,000.

Riverside Playgroup, a charity based at Newlands South church, has been running for over 20 years – but has recently struggled to purchase new equipment.

Mums and dads have banded together, committing to the target and raising £2,500 so far – and now, they hope that a Christmas extravaganza on December 5 will give them a final push towards the finish line.

All are welcome to attend the event, which runs 9.45-11am on the Wednesday. Activities include a pre-school puppet show, coffee, stalls with arts and crafts and more.

Judy Taggart, Riverside Playgroup committee member, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and carers for doing such a fantastic job in helping to raise funds for the playgroup.

“While the main focus of the Christmas event is to raise money for the playgroup, we also see it as an excellent way of bringing members of the local community – of all ages – together”.

To book a place, contact Katrina Thomson on 07713214697.