Laura’s Fun Day raises £2,500

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Forfar Academy’s annual fund-raising day has been hailed as organisers as a “tremendous success” with £2,500 during the course of the event.

Despite incessant drizzle throughout Sunday, which curtailed some of the planned events, Murton Nature Reserve was still a hive of activity and enetertainment.

Now in its fourth year, Laura’s Fun Day is the school’s main charitable fund-raiser and this year is supporting Calum’s Cabin, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance and The Brain Tumour Charity.

It was named for pupil Laura Forbes who died in 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The day started with 26 entries for the 10k race, meaning that the fund-raising received an immendiate cash boost of £260. The winners this year were Brian Bonnyman as first male, and Tracy Morgan who was first female. They accepted their shield from Laura’s brother Daniel.

There was an impressive array of vintage cars, including a tractor and fire engine, brought along by the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club. Sitting next to an appliance from Forfar Fire station, they made a fascinating contrast.

A new event this year was a live performance by local band Around 7. The five musicians sang and played their hearts out to an appreciative audience for over two hours. Their infectious enthusiasm, despite the cold and rain, kept everyone’s spirits up.

Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support, said: “This is a tremendous achievement again by the people of Angus. The generous raffle prizes donated by a large number of local businesses again played a major part in the success of the day and huge thanks are due to them, and to all the people who helped make this day possible.

“Laura’s mum and dad, Audrey and Donald Forbes, are a key driving force in the continuing success of this event. Thanks to them, Laura’s Fun Day has become an established part of life in Forfar, with the thousands of pound raised each year providing a fitting legacy in memory of their daughter, Laura.”