Fun day in memory of Forfar girl to boost worthy causes

Participants in Forfar Academy's 'Laura's Fun Day' were picture in the school preparing for the event. From left: Lewis Townsley, Meave Townsley, Kirsty Chene, Deniss Molcanovs, Cara McDyer, Euan MacDermid.
Participants in Forfar Academy's 'Laura's Fun Day' were picture in the school preparing for the event. From left: Lewis Townsley, Meave Townsley, Kirsty Chene, Deniss Molcanovs, Cara McDyer, Euan MacDermid.

An annual charity event in memory of a Forfar Academy pupil will be supporting three causes close to the school’s heart.

Three years ago Laura Forbes sadly passed away a week after her 16th birthday following a battle with cancer.

Laura’s Fun Day has been held every year since her passing, with the money raised going towards charity.

The fun day will take place at Murton Nature Reserve on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

The first charity to benefit from this year’s event is Calums Cabin. Located on the island of Bute the charity provides respite accommodation for children suffering from cancer, and their families. Laura, her mum Audrey, dad Donald and brother Daniel spent a time there during her illness.

The second charity is Motor Neuron Disease Scotland. A teacher at Forfar Academy, Malcolm Dowie, is currently facing this illness.

The third cause to benefit is Ward 29 Paediatric at Ninewells Hospital, which supported Theo Droog, an S6 pupil at Forfar Academy, who suffered from asthma, and tragically died from a severe attack earlier this year.

Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support at Forfar Academy, said: “All three charities this year support causes which are close to the hearts of the people of Forfar, and of Forfar Academy staff and pupils, past and present.

“I would like to thank Audrey and Donald Forbes for their help over the year with the running of this important event in the calendar of Forfar fundraising.

“It is an event which every year brings the whole community together to raise funds for amazing charities, and to remember and recognise the life of their daughter, Laura.”

The day starts with a 10K race around the Murton Nature Reserve Nature Trail. Entry is £10, payable on the day, and no pre-booking or registration is necessary.

Laura’s school friend Kirsty Cheyne will be having her head shaved on the day all in the name of charity.

Murton have opened their farm, free of charge for the day and activities at the farm include mini tractor driving, an assault course complete with zip-wire, giant jenga, mini 10 pin bowling and log chopping.

Other attractions include a displays of robotic machines from Forfar Academy and woodturning with the chance to make your own creations. A fire appliance will be on hand to for everyone try their hand at putting out a real fire. Local group, Around 7, will be making a special guest appearance, as will singer, guitarist and Forfar Academy pupil, Heather Paterson.

Raffle tickets are on sale at £1 each, and can be obtained at Forfar Academy or McDonald’s in Forfar where Theo Droog worked. Tickets can also be bought on the day, with the raffle being drawn at 3pm.