The date has been set for this year’s Laura’s Fun Day - now a traditional part of the Forfar charitable fundraising calendar.
It will be held at the Murton Nature Reserve on Sunday, May 14, from 10 am to 4 pm.
As usual the event gets under way with a 10k run around Murton’s beautiful nature trail. Entry is £10, payable on the day with no pre-booking necessary.
Laura’s Fun Day was established five years ago in support of Forfar Academy pupil Laura Forbes and her family during her battle with cancer.
Laura ultimately lost her battle four years ago at the age of 16, but Laura’s Fun Day has continued every year since then; it has raised thousands of pounds for many different charities, some very closely associated with Laura, Forfar, and Forfar Academy.
This year the charities are: Calum’s Cabin, Ward 34 Haematology Ninewells and MND Scotland.
Calum’s Cabin has benefitted every year, and is the charity associated with Laura.
It is a respite home on the Isle of Bute which affords children and families affected by cancer a calm and restorative environment to recharge batteries and spend some quality family time. Laura and her family spent a week there shortly before she passed away,
Ward 34 Haematology Ninewells is being supported in respect of S6 pupil Cameron Douglas who is undergoing treatment there at the moment as he also faces a battle against cancer.
MND Scotland was chosen in memory of Malcolm Dowie, the school’s former principal teacher of expressive arts, who lost his fight against this disease shortly before Christmas.
Mr Euan Gow of Forfar Academy, said: “There are events, activities and stalls all day which will appeal to every age group.
“Free access is given to us to Murton’s farm for the day where children can explore the activities, animals and games there. There will be the usual stalls of raffle, tombola, home baking, treasure hunt etc, There will also be an exhibition of exotic pets, live entertainment and a visit of Dundee’s most famous “Wullie,” courtesy of Sandeman Cars. Senior pupils are again giving up a day of study before important final Higher and Advanced Higher exams helping to run the many activities and stalls.”
One of the main fundraising events is the raffle. This has been very generously supported in the past by local businesses and individual donations.
Prizes would again be very gratefully accepted and can be handed into the Forfar Community Campus, or contact Audrey Forbes through her Laura’s Fun Day 2017 Facebook page.
Raffle tickets, priced £1 each, are available from these sources.
Kayley McIntyre, an S3 pupil at Forfar Academy, has agreed to have her hair cut on the day. Her hair is to be donated to the Princess Charity to be turned into wigs for young people who have lost their hair during their treatment for cancer.
Kayley is also helping raise funds for Laura’s Fun Day charities, and has opened a JustGiving page for this purpose.
More details on how to support this year’s event can be found on the Laura’s Fun Day 2017 Facebook page.