School all set for Laura’s Fun Day

Pictured with the two new shields for the first female and first male to complete the 10K Race for Laura are, from left - Shannen Howcroft, Brodie McCash and Mellissa Rae.
Pictured with the two new shields for the first female and first male to complete the 10K Race for Laura are, from left - Shannen Howcroft, Brodie McCash and Mellissa Rae.

STAFF and pupils at Forfar Academy are all set to pay tribute to former pupil Laura Forbes with the second Laura’s Fun Day at Murton Farm this Sunday.

This event was held last year to raise money for Laura and her family, but with her untimely passing in February after a brave battle against cancer, it was agreed the event will continue in her memory and be held annually to raise money for a wide range of local and national charities.

This year the charities to benefit are Angus Riding for the Disabled, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Trussel Trust and Calum’s Cabin. This last charity supports a respite cabin on the island of Bute where Laura and her family spent a lovely holiday last year.

Sunday’s format will be the same as last year. Doors open at 8 a.m. with those taking part in the 10k ‘Race for Laura’ registering, with the race starting at 8.30 a.m. sharp. Entry for this race is £10, payable on the day with no pre-registration necessary. This year the 10k ‘Race for Laura’ has two superb shields on offer to the first male and first female in the race respectively.

Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support, told the Dispatch and Herald: “Following the postponement of this day from March, when Murton was under several inches of snow and completely waterlogged, preparations have continued apace and everything is now ready for the rescheduled event on Sunday (May 12).

“This extra time has allowed us to fine tune several things with the result that we are expecting the event to be even more successful than last year.”

Forfar Academy, in conjunction with the three local primary schools, has encouraged many pupils to take part in the sponsored walk part of the day.

Events which are continued from last year include a myriad of entertaining opportunities for young and old alike, ranging from a falconry display, face painting and treasure hunt to an assault course, giant jenga, guess the weight of the pig, home baking stall and a tombola. Pupils from Forfar Academy’s Rural Skills course, who attend Murton on a weekly basis, will be assisting in various events around the reserve, including the hotly contested duck and ferret racing.

Murton café will be open all day providing weary revellers with a seat, a cup of coffee and a bacon roll.

Local businesses have been extremely generous with their support of the raffle and some fantastic prizes have been offered. If anyone would like to make a donation to either the raffle or home baking stalls, this can be done either at Forfar Academy before the event, at Murton cafe, or simply by taking items along on the day.

Mr Gow continued: “Murton is again extremely generously opening their farm to us with free entry offered to all who attend on the day, and have also donated café vouchers to the raffle prizes.

“Despite the event only being in its second year, Laura’s Big Fun Event already has the feel of a long-established and significant part of the Forfar community and we look forward to this being the beginning of something which the whole town can be proud of. It will also be a fitting memorial to Laura who is still sorely missed by all at Forfar Academy.”

Laura’s Big Fun Event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.