Glorious fun day for Laura

The fourth Laura’s Fun Day, held in memory of Forfar Academy pupil Laura Forbes, has been hailed an overwhelming success.

For six hours on Sunday hundreds flocked to the Murton Nature Reserve where they were met with glorious sunshine and a variety of entertainment for all the family.

Euan Macdiarmid and Bob Baldie with the Robot Racer.

Euan Macdiarmid and Bob Baldie with the Robot Racer.

Laura sadly passed away four years ago, a week after her sixteenth birthday and after a courageous battle with cancer.

As usual the fun day started off with a 10k race around the reserve’s nature trail. A total of 26 competitors took part with the first man across the finish line - for the fourth year running- being Brian Bonnyman. In joint first place in the ladies’ race were Karen Campbell and Donna Pass. The winners were presented with the Race for Laura shields.

Euan Gow, Principal Teacher of Pupil Care and Support at Forfar Academy, explained the total raised had not been finalised but they expected the event to raise around £4500.

He said: “It was busier than ever with all the car parks full. We almost had to shut the doors. There was an absolutely amazing turnout including former pupils, former staff, family and friends, as well as people who normally go to Murton at the weekend.

“Kirsty Cheyne, one of Laura’s friends, had her head shaved and raised over £1000, and Neave Townsley, whose sister Iona was also one of Laura’s friends, is taking part in a sponsored hair cut this Saturday.”

Over the last four years the money raised has been donated to a range of charities. This year the specially chosen charities are Calum’s Cabin: Motor Neuron Disease Scotland and Ward 29 Paediatric at Ninewells Hospital.

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