Portlethen Pupils to welcome NEEDS

A group of four S2 pupils from Portlethen Academy are to welcome representatives of the Aberdeen based charity, NEEDS.

NEEDS (North East Eating Disorders Service) will visit the school at 9am next Wednesday, March 4, to present them with a cheque for £3000.

The entire S2 year group has been involved with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland project whereby they identify and research social issues which affect their local community.

Pupils then must identify and research a local charity which works to address the social issue that they have identified, then prepare and deliver a presentation on their chosen charity and its impact on the local community. Groups deliver their presentations in class heats, with the winners going on to the school grand final held on Wednesday, January 14.

This year’s winning group - Cara Bremner, Jasmine Collett, Craig McLennan and Kirsty Ross – made a short film based on the real-life story of a young girl with an eating disorder.

The charity representatives were so impressed by the film that they have requested permission to use it on their website for publicity, in training sessions for volunteers and in workshops with clients of the charity.