Counting down to Laura’s Big Fun Day

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STAFF and pupils at Forfar Academy, with the support of the local community, are pulling out all the stops for a major event at Murton Farm on Saturday, March 30.

‘Laura’s Big Fun Day’ is being held in memory of school pupil Laura Forbes, a popular, lively young girl who tragically lost her battle against cancer earlier this year.

A similar fun day was held last year to help Laura and her family as she bravely fought against the disease, to allow her memory to remain and for positive things to come out of her untimely death, the fun event is now to be a permanent feature in the Forfar Academy calendar.

This year’s event will allow pupils and staff at Forfar Academy, at all the local primary schools, and indeed the entire Forfar community to come together to raise money for charity on an annual basis.

The events will be similar to those run last year. There is a 10k ‘Race for Laura’ around the nature trail at Murton. This starts at 8.30 a.m, with participants asked to arrive by 8.15 for registration. The £10 entry fee is payable on the day, with no need to pre-book a place on the run.

Last year a trophy was very generously donated by Tannadice Trophies as a one off prize.

Mr Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support at Forfar Academy, said: “With Laura passing away it was decided to keep the race as an annual event, so a substantial commemorative trophy has been commissioned especially for this day. Forfar Academy is lucky enough to have an extremely well-equipped and modern technical department which has all the equipment necessary to create a suitable and appropriate trophy. This will be awarded each year to the winner of the ‘Race for Laura’.”

The main part of the day gets under way at 10 a.m. and runs through until 4 p.m.

A key part of fund-raising for the day is a sponsored walk. Pupils and staff at Forfar Academy, Whitehills Primary, Strathmore Primary and Langlands Primary have been given the opportunity to raise money through sponsors for each time they complete a circuit of the nature trail.

To date there are already over 100 people who have requested a sponsor form. To help organise the day, there are many volunteers from Forfar Academy and beyond who are generously giving up their time to assist, with around 100 helpers offered so far.

Attractions on the day include a falconry display, home-baking stall, treasure hunt, raffle, tombola, face painting assault course, beat the goalie, ferret racing, duck racing, trampolines, giant Jenga, space hoppers etc. New for this year are the presence throughout the day of a police car and fire engine which will give children the chance to sit in the cab and ring the bell/sound the siren. There will also be a cupcake stall, a candle stall and a jewellery stall. A final new idea is to have a ‘guess the weight of the pig’ competition!

Mr Gow continued: “Last year local businesses supported this event with extremely generous donations of raffle prizes. We will again be hoping that a similar level of support may be possible. The East and Old Parish Church, where Laura was a member, is running a courtesy minibus for parishioners who might otherwise not be able to travel out to Murton on the day.”

Charities which will benefit this year are: Angus Riding for the Disabled, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Trussel Trust and Calum’s Cabin. This last charity is a respite cabin on the island of Bute where Laura and her family spent a week last November, and was a very special place for them.

If anyone can help support the event in any way, please get in touch with Mr Gow at Forfar Academy.