October already!

It’s been a whirlwind since we started back in August! Most of my time was taken up organising our sponsored head shave for Teenage Cancer Trust. This was to support our lovely ex-pupil Nicole, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May. What began as a wee conversation between Lynne and I, morphed into an amazing event that to date has raised over £13,000 for the charity!

It certainly turned out to be a day none of us will forget, and I can’t say enough how proud I am of the whole school community.

Special thanks must go to:

Lynne Forster, for being my co-conspirator!

Lydia, Susan, Christine and Rebecca in the office for all their help with sponsor forms, posters, baking, and raffle prizes.

Agnes and the rest of the Munch Bunch in the cafe, for their support and wonderful baking for the Bake Sale. Also for providing a lovely lunch for our guests, including Nicole and her family.

John and Ruby for their help in setting up the assembly hall for the event, and their support throughout.

Madeline from Glamour Hair in Kilsyth, for coming along with her clippers and shaving 4 nervous heads, as well as chopping off 3 ponytails!

Mark Docherty, for setting up the equipment for both the Teenage Cancer Trust presentation in the morning, and for the main event in the assembly hall.

Angela McGavin, for taking charge of selling Teenage Cancer Trust wristbands and badges, as well as organising the bake sale on the day. She also makes the most amazing cupcakes!

Stephen Clowes, for compering the event and encouraging the kids to make some noise 🙂

Thank you too to my wonderful senior pupils, who took charge of the raffle, bake sale, and donation buckets on the day. What a team!

Jayne Easson and Vanessa Todd, from Teenage Cancer Trust. Jayne gave a talk to S2 in the morning about cancer and how to spot the signs, while Vanessa is the regional fundraiser for this area. It was a pleasure to meet you both, and thank you for your support and encouragement before, during, and after the head shave!

Amber Livingstone, former pupil and Clyde 1 presenter, for coming along on the day to support us all, and raising awareness in the run-up to the big day.

Matt Bendoris, who covered the event and did a fantastic interview with Nicole for the Scottish Sun, which showed the readers what a positive and determined person she is!

Kilsyth parents and members of the community, as well as local businesses – thank you for your support.

Every single member of Kilsyth Academy, who have been absolutely amazing in their support for this – what a great wee school we are. So many sponsor forms were returned, with many going round family and friends to drum up support.

Thank you to Mr Orrock for agreeing to our plan, and going above and beyond by getting involved and having his head shaved!

Last but not least, thanks must go to Nicole and her family. Without your determination and positive attitude, we wouldn’t have been inspired to do this. We look forward to hearing that bell ring when your treatment is finished – you will beat this!


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