Pupils turn rags to riches for Ukraine appeal

A lorry-load of items donated in Kintyre and Mid Argyll leaving to help Ukrainian refugees.
'This money will be a tremendous help and will be put towards the cost of fuel for sending out another lorry of humanitarian aid.

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Pupils from Campbeltown Grammar School have earned a big thank you from the Lochgilphead and Surrounding Area Helps Ukraine appeal after donating £84 to the cause.

The school’s junior pupil council literally turned rags into riches by organising and running a rag-bag sale.

They donated all the proceeds to the Mid Argyll initiative which has been sending vital aid to families forced to flee their homes in war-torn Ukraine following Russia’s military invasion.

The many lorry-loads of aid have included items donated by Kintyre and Gigha residents to Campbeltown’s Ukraine appeal, coordinated by Mandy Robertson.

While the Campbeltown appeal has wound down in recent weeks, Mandy is still collecting specific items required by refugees, which will be shipped along with Lochgilphead’s donations.

‘What a brilliant initiative by the young students,’ said Lochgilphead organiser Nikki Thompson.

‘This money will be a tremendous help and will be put towards the cost of fuel for sending out another lorry of humanitarian aid.

‘Well done to each and every one of the pupils. They are absolutely fantastic and a credit to the school.’

Campbeltown Grammar School headteacher David Mitchell said: ‘We are extremely proud of our young people who took the time to help raise funds for this worthy cause.

‘Our Junior Pupil Council organised the rag bag collection with support from the Kintyre Youth Café which we would like to thank for its help.’