Euan makes big donation

Nine year-old Euan Dickson is now in training for his second cycling challenge.
Nine year-old Euan Dickson is now in training for his second cycling challenge.

A nine year-old Fettercairn Primary School pupil has helped to raise £360 to help his school by completing his first cycling challenge.

Euan Dickson finished the 13.5 mile gold route of the Kinross Family Cycle Ride last month alongside dad Allan, his first challenge since mastering riding his bike at the end of last year.

Euan saw the cycle ride as an opportunity to help raise cash to purchase a new greenhouse for his school.

The greenhouse was gifted to the school last year by Beechwood Services, and has been a very welcome addition for pupils. A gardening group has been formed and pupils have been busy planting bulbs, tending plants and making birdfeeders.

But since winter storms blew the greenhouse over, the school has been without one once again.

The enterprising lad asked family and friends to guess his finishing time, with the closest guess winning a prize of £10. His impressive total, which was helped by a contribution of £160 raised at a quiz night at the Ramsay Arms Hotel, will go towards the cost of the new greenhouse, which was estimated at £380.

Mum Arlene Dickson said: “We have managed to raise a whopping £360 to go towards the purchase of the new greenhouse so we would just like to say a very big thank you to all our family and friends who very generously sponsored and donated and also to the community and businesses of Fettercairn - The Fettery Shop, Arch Bistro, Fettercairn Distillery and especially the staff and locals of The Ramsay Arms Hotel who managed to raise over £160 at their Quiz night.

“Hopefully the new greenhouse will be purchased soon and the pupils will be able to use the garden again it to its full potential.

“Euan now has his eyes set on a new challenge, The Father’s Day Cycle Run around Laurencekirk on June 21, so looks like he has the caught the cycling bug from his Dad Allan.

“A very big thank you again to everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount for the purchase of the new Fettercairn School greenhouse.”