Hutchesons’ Grammar pupils raise more than £28k for Calum’s Cabin

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Hutchesons’ Grammar School pupils have raised £28,478 for Calum’s Cabin after a very successful year of fundraising.

The pupils chose the worthy cause as their main school charity for the school session 2017-8 and held a large number of events and activities in order to raise the phenomenal amount.

Calum’s Cabin offers children suffering from cancer the opportunity to stay in a lodge in Bute to make special and irreplaceable memories.

The charity was set up in memory of Calum Speirs – an inspirational young man who came up with the concept while bravely fighting an inoperable brain tumour.

Knowing his family lived in a beautiful part of the world, Calum thought it would be a fantastic place for children suffering from cancer to come and stay with their families.

Calum lost his battle in February 2007 - 13 months after his diagnosis - but his family and friends ensured his vision for Calum’s Cabin became a reality.

The charity now also has a flat in Finnieston, which provides free accommodation for families from the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeen and the Grampians who come to the city for cancer treatment.

Calum’s mum Caroline Speirs, said: “I am over the moon to announce that Hutchesons’ Grammar School raised the phenomenal sum of £28,478. Thank you so, so much. We honestly can’t thank you enough.”

Marie Windows, depute rector for Ethos, said: “Every year our pupils impress us with their creativity and enthusiasm for charity fundraising. Our pupils have raised the money in many ways including a rock concert, cross country runs, a toy sale and a whole school mathsathon.

“Charitable fundraising is a very important part of the Hutchesons’ ethos and we are incredibly grateful to our pupils and their families and friends, who help to support our School charity every year. We are so pleased to be able to help Calum’s Cabin and our pupils and staff really enjoyed being part of this charity effort.”

The School has announced its charity this year is the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance.