All set for fun day in memory of brave Laura

The major charity fund-raising day commemorating the life of Forfar Academy pupil Laura Forbes, who sadly passed away last year, takes place at Murton Nature Reserve on Sunday.

Charities this year nominated to benefit are Calum’s Cabin, Maggie’s Centre, Lippen Care and Insight Counselling.

Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support at Forfar Academy, said: “We are still looking for donations of raffle prizes, tombola prizes and homebaking.

“These three stalls contribute a huge amount of money to the final total which last year reached £4,000.

“Raffle tickets are available from the school, or at Murton on the day. Such has been the demand for raffle tickets this year that an additional 500 books have had to be printed, with over 1,000 books having already been sold.

“Many thanks go to all the local businesses who have again provided massive support by donating a wide range of high quality prizes for the raffle.

“Audrey Forbes, Laura’s mum, has received three items from Dundee United which she is auctioning through her facebook page, Laura’s Fun Day 2014.

“Please visit this page and private message Audrey if you would like to put in an

“The items are a pair of tickets for the Cup Final, a signed football and a framed shirt signed by nine of the Dundee United players.

“These items should raise a considerable amount of money and many thanks go to the players and staff of Dundee United for this marvellous gesture.

“Shorts taxis are sponsoring the fun run by providing prizes, and again, many thanks go to this firm for their support of the fun day.”

There is still time to get your Sunday morning off with a bang and consider taking part in either the 10K race or the less demanding fun run. The 10K starts at 9.30 a.m. with entry costing £10 on the day.

There are commemorative shields for the first male and first female, won last year by Brian Bonnyman and Erin Brown.

The fun run starts at 1 p.m., entry £2 and £1, and is only one circuit of the Nature Reserve (around 1 mile). Registration takes place for this all morning at Murton.

New attractions this year include the appearance of a glider from Perth which will be located in a field next to the car park, the opportunity for young people (of all ages) to try to put out a real fire with the help of the fire appliance on-site, a zip-slide addition to the assault course and a variety of physical challenges for the enthusiastic including log chopping, sandbag racing and bar nails.

For the more relaxed visitor, Murton’s cafe is open all day serving a wide range of home-cooked meals and snacks.

Mr Gow continued: “The usual activities including ferret racing, face painting, trampolines, skittles, giant jenga, football competition etc. are all still operating with a variety of challenges and competitions running in all areas of the reserve.

“If you manage to guess the number of tatties in a sack, you win the sack of tatties. If you guess the weight of the donkey, you don’t win the donkey, but you do get a Murton Cafe voucher!

“Please consider coming along with your family and making the day another huge success.”

The fun day itself runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.