A MEARNS Parent Group has helped raise thousands of pounds for the village school - by stripping the willow!

Friday, 2nd April 2010, 1:34 pm

The parents of pupils at Catterline Primary organised a ceilidh several weeks ago at Mackie Academy which raised 3226.

STV's Andrea Brymer, whose son attends the primary, helped organise the event.

She said: "This is the second fundraising ceilidh we've done as we had one a couple of years ago. We didn't think we would manage to raise as much this year because of the economic climate, but it has been amazing.

"It's fantastic - the money goes towards all the little bits and pieces that the education budget doesn't pay for, like trips away and visitors who come to the school. Catterline is only a tiny school, so it is a great amount."

Fellow parent group member Dot Plummer said: "Around 75 people came along to the ceilidh which was great. We are aware that a lot of people who weren't associated with Catterline Primary came and supported us and helped raise the amount of money that we did so thank you to them."

She added: "We also made a total profit from the raffle we held as all the prizes were donated so we would like to thank all the local businesses in Stonehaven who helped us out there."

As well as the raffle and ceilidh, the parent group auctioned off eight "Can't Buy Experiences" including a tour of the STV news studios where Andrea Brymer works, a cooking experience with Robert Cleaver from the Carron Restaurant and a horse and carriage ride.

Head teacher Melanie Fowler said: "We are just absolutely amazed at what's been done and as a school we would like to thank all the parents that organised the ceilidh and everybody who came along and supported it. The amount of money is just astounding for the school."

She added: "What is a huge expense for any school is bus trips and to know that we can take the children out and see all the wonderful environment around Aberdeenshire is great."