Lasting legacy at Laura’s Fun Day

Staff and pupils at Forfar Academy are busy planning their next ‘Laura’s Fun Day’ in memory of fellow pupil Laura Forbes, who sadly passed away last February after a brave battle against cancer.

It will be held at the Murton Nature Reserve on Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Laura has left a lasting legacy for the school, her family and the community of Forfar.

Laura’s Fun Day was set up two years ago to raise money for Laura and her family during her fight with cancer. Following her death last year, the event was changed into a charity fund-raising day and raised thousands of pounds for charities.

It has now been decided by the school that this should be an annual event and will be the main focus for charitable fund-raising for the school each year.

This year, the charities to benefit from the day will be Calum’s Cabin, the Maggie’s Centre; Lippen Care and the Insight Counselling Service.

Calum’s Cabin is a therapeutic retreat on the island of Bute for young people who are fighting cancer. Laura and her family spent a lovely week there in the November before she died.

Maggie’s Centre is a well-known cancer care service which has a base in Dundee. Judy Wilson, former Principal Teacher of Science at Forfar Academy, received great support from there before sadly passing away last year.

Lippen Care’s Strathmore Hospice based at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar has close connections with many families in the community.

The final recipient will be the Insight Counselling Service, a Dundee-based mental health counselling service. This charity was chosen in recognition of the death of Connor Cosgrove-Turner, a former pupil of Forfar Academy, who also passed away last year.

Euan Gow, Principal Teacher of Pupil Care and Support at Forfar Academy, said: “As usual, the event is being very well supported by many in the local community, and there have been extremely generous donations for the raffle from many individuals and businesses. Unlike last year, it has been decided to pre-sell raffle tickets, and they are now available from the school, and many local shops and individuals for £1 per book of five tickets.”

Stalls/events which will take place this year include a 10k run, starting at 9.30 a.m. and taking place round Murton’s Nature Trail. Entry is £10, payable on the day, and with no need to pre-book, just turn up and run! There is also a one-mile fun run, again taking place round the Nature Trail, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a £2 entry fee for adults, and £1 for concessions.

Raffle tickets will be on sale on the day and there will be a tombola, home baking, face painting, treasure hunt, ferret racing, soak the teacher etc. There will be a mini three-a-side football tournament, assault course, skittles, trampolines and free entry to Murton’s farm. Many of the attractions are free and Murton’s café will be open as usual.

If anyone has anything they would like to donate towards this event, whether it be a raffle prize, donation of money or a service, or if you would just like more information, please contact Mr Gow at Forfar Academy. There is also a Facebook page, run by Laura’s Mum, Audrey Forbes, where up-to-the-minute information may be found.

Thanks go to Murton Nature Reserve for making the facility available for the event.