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Wick High School pupils secure £3000 for Haven centre


By Alan Hendry

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Wick High School's S2 YPI finalists with the winning team at the front holding the £3000 cheque for the Haven.
Wick High School's S2 YPI finalists with the winning team at the front holding the £3000 cheque for the Haven.

A drop-in centre run by Caithness Mental Health Support Group has been given a £3000 funding award thanks to the efforts of Wick High School pupils.

The money for the Haven facility in Wick has come through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an active citizenship programme that enables young people to make a difference in their communities while developing a range of skills.

Wick's S2 pupils held the finals of their YPI project recently and the Haven was the good cause that benefited from a presentation by four girls from 2F – Hollie Sinclair, Emma Thomson, Lucy Thain and Holly Gunn.

The area YPI coordinator, Steve Dougan, said he was very impressed by the standard of presentations by all the finalists and added that the judges had a difficult task. He is requesting that the winners are considered for a Scottish showpiece later this year.

The YPI was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by the Wood Foundation. It has engaged more than 310,000 young people who have been involved in some £6.8 million of charitable giving.

Each school is responsible for awarding a grant of £3000 to a local charity championed by its pupils through a programme of teamwork, research and competition.


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