Barrhill Primary funds to help vulnerable kids

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THE swapping success of generous Barrhill Primary School pupils paid off last week as Scottish children’s charity Aberlour received more than £900.

The Barrhill children were one of 18 schools who took part in ScottishPower’s Swap Shop competition in June and contributed the funds they raised to the total £922.63 generated by primaries across Scotland.

The second annual event – in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival – saw the children host their own book exchange with a cost of 50p per swap in order to encourage reading and raise money for charity. Aberlour Child Care Trust’s Young Runaways Service was the resource selected to benefit from their efforts, and the cheque was handed over on Thursday.

The Barrhill children’s cash will help protect more than 9000 children under the age of 16 who run away each year in Scotland.

Aberlour’s Young Runaways Service, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, is Scotland’s only refuge for young runaways who do not feel they can return home – and only a third of whom are reported missing.

Karen McMurrich, Aberlour’s fundraising director, said: “We are very grateful for the support given to us once again from the proceeds of ScottishPower’s Swap Shop initiative and would like to thank all the primary children who participated. It is a great way to encourage reading whilst raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause at the same time.”

Ann Loughrey, head of corporate social responsibility at ScottishPower, said: “The Swap Shop initiative is a fun way to encourage reading amongst primary school children, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for these young people to support the invaluable work undertaken by Aberlour who help others less fortunate.”

For further information about the Aberlour Young Runaways Service, visit www.aberlour.org.uk/runaways.