Caring school boosts Beatson fund by £50k

Bishopbriggs Academy cheque handover
Bishopbriggs Academy cheque handover

An amazing fundraising campaign led by senior pupils at one local school resulted in a cheque for more than £50,000 for the Beatson.

The team at Bishopbriggs Academy were inspired to raise the money following the sad death of former Campsie View teacher Alison Low, mum of academy boys’ captain David Low, who has just finished sixth year at the school.

Touched by the level of support she and her received during her illness, the pupils at the school chose Beatson Cancer Charity as their main recipient this year, ending up raising a whopping £52,119.

The school also raised money for more than a dozen other charities through one-off events.

This year’s Beatson events included the ice bucket challenge, a ball, staff v pupils football and netball matches, afternoon tea, wear something Christmassy and a quiz.

The highlight of the fund raising was a spectacular gala dinner held in March this year.

With the help of school assistant, Kirsty Mills, the gala dinner team planned, organised and ran the gala dinner, attended by over 200 guests.

In total, the sum raised by pupils and staff was an incredible £52,119, which was presented at the annual awards ceremony at the school.

Headteacher Gordon Moulsdale said senior pupils chose the Beatson charity, in memory of Alison and the care for her family, adding: “Our school has had many achievements over the past year, but one of the most gratifying for me is that on top of all those wonderful things our pupils have achieved is that they retain a real sense of responsibility to people less fortunate than themselves, there’s a real compassion amongst our young people.”

David Welch, chief executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Bishopbriggs Academy for raising this absolutely incredible amount for Beatson Cancer Charity.

We’re so inspired by all the pupils and staff at the Academy and can’t thank them all enough for dedicating so much time and energy to this hugely worthwhile cause.”