Christmas Jumper day smashes target

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A Christmas jumper day at Mackie Academy organised by one of the pupils has smashed it’s initial fundraising target.

Second year pupil Ethan Turnbull organised the day on December 16 where staff and pupils came to school wearing a Christmas jumper for charity CLIC Sargent.

Ethan had set an initial target of £900 but through his just giving page he had more than doubled that before the Christmas Jumper day even began.

The bucket collection at Mackie raised £763.46 on top of the £5237.30 raised through the Just Giving page.

Ethan spoke to the Leader on the day about his reason for organising the event.

He said: “When Children in Need was on in November, I was speaking to my step mum about how my little brother is currently receiving help from CLIC Sargent down in Edinburgh where he is being treated for Cancer.

“They are giving my family a lot of support and my step mum gave me the idea to do some fundrasing through the school.

“Since it was coming up to Christmas time we came up with the idea of a Christmas Jumper day.

“I spoke to the Head Teacher who thought it was a brilliant idea and CLIC Sargent sent me over a pack and some information to help me out.”

Holly Taylor, Fundraising Manager for CLIC Ssrgent, told us that Ethan had done a fantastic job.

She said: “I’m so pleased that everyone at Mackie got behind him and really embraced the day.

“Ethan has been brilliant to work with and I admire him getting really stuck into when him and his family are going through such a difficult time. Thank you to everyone who has donated”