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By Mark Davey
Imagine easter without chocolate, that was the reality for one dedicated Castlehill fundraiser.
P4/5 pupil Arran Brown, 8, spotted an advertisement for the British Heart Foundation’s dechox in March and said to his mum, Nicky Brown, we could do that.
Ms Brown said: ‘The cause was close to my heart because my dad Martin Motherwell, a former head teacher at Southend, died 20 years ago, in 1998, of a heart attack.’
Arran added: ‘We did not eat chocolate for a whole month. We raised just under £450 and we both had to miss Easter but we had a chocolate overload last weekend.’
When the pair’s fundraising reached £150 in sponsorship Ms brown’s employer, C0-0p doubled the figure and donated an Easter hamper to raffle including with sweets and DVDs.
In addition a guess the number of sweets in a jar raised £43 and was won by Eoin Quinn who guessed the exact number at 494.
Arran added: ‘I could not have Coco Pops and mum could not have Cappucino. The teacher at school gave out golden eggs for Easter but I could not get one.’
Arran holds a giant cheque for the Co-op matching funding. NO_c15arranbrownbhf01