Six Ayrshire schools selected to compete for top WEST FM fundraising challenge cash prizes

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Six Ayrshire schools have been selected to compete for three cash prizes.

North Ayrshire’s Abbey Primary; East Ayrshire’s Sorn Primary, Lochnorris Primary, Newmilns Primary and Stewarton Academy; and South Ayrshire’s Doonfoot Primary will all take part in the WEST FM school challenge.

All competing schools will attempt to fundraise a minimum of £1,000 and each school will be granted back every penny they raise – with the winning one being awarded £3,000 on top of what they generate.

Second place will be awarded £2,000 and third place £1,000.

There are some extra prizes up for grabs with £250 awarded to the school with the best social media interaction, PR exposure, most creative fundraising idea, and best teamwork, as well as two ‘star pupil’ awards for the students that go over and above for the challenge.

Abbey Primary plan to host a car boot sale and car wash on Sunday, March 27 at Lyle Porter Vehicle Repairs car park on Longford Avenue, Kilwinning.



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Pupils will also have fun with a school disco which will be their first dance in two years after Covid put a stop on social events.

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Abbey students will collect as many 1p and 2p pieces and kids will line the coppers up end-to-end around the school to create a thousand of coins.

Also on the agenda is a dress-down day, raffles with prizes donated from local businesses, guess the soft toy birthday and guess the jar of sweets challenges.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We have raffle prizes for hairdressing vouchers, dog grooming vouchers, money-off vouchers, butcher foods and garden planters. More raffle prizes are being donated every day.

“We also have a pupil grandparent, who is an amateur novelty cake baker, who has kindly donated a voucher for a child’s birthday cake of choice to be made for the lucky winner’s future birthday.”

Meanwhile, Doonfoot Primary hope to put their winnings towards dyslexia-friendly books and learning aids that will benefit children across the whole school.

Indoor sensory equipment for their communication base for children with autism and additional support needs is also planned.

On its fundraiser page, the school expressed its appreciation and said: “A much-needed upgrade to our outdoor space and currently very empty sensory garden. Any amount you care to give will be amazing and appreciated very much.”

East Ayrshire has the most schools set to compete with Sorn Primary, Lochnorris Primary, Newmilns Primary and Stewarton Academy saying any amount of people can spare is greatly appreciated.

Stewarton Academy were set to hold a community car wash at Torrances Garage on Sunday and a big breakfast event is planned on Saturday, March 26, at St Columba’s Church Hall.

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At the gathering, pupils will raffle off lots of exciting prizes, including a signed Kilmarnock top for one lucky winner.

To help your area’s school out, make a donation by visiting https://www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/west-fm-schools-challenge-2022/

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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