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Wick High School girls make a difference with charity work


By David G Scott


FOUR kind-hearted girls from Wick High School worked hard to raise money for a local good cause.

Ellie Salim, Ellie Harper, Gina MacDonald and Erin Anderson worked together as part of a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project to develop a host of skills themselves while making a difference in their community.

Each participating school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a programme of teamwork, research and competition.

Erin Anderson and Ellie Salim from Wick High School, David and Ashley from Thor House, and Gina MacDonald and Ellie Harper from Wick High School. Picture: DGS
Erin Anderson and Ellie Salim from Wick High School, David and Ashley from Thor House, and Gina MacDonald and Ellie Harper from Wick High School. Picture: DGS

The girls' chosen charity was Friends of Thor, which supports people with learning disabilities who use Thor House in Thurso.

Ellie Harper's brother had used the services at Thor House when he was younger so she went along with her three friends to see what they could do to help at the facility.

The four girls accumulated a bit of money to prepare two hamper prizes which were then raffled on Wick Fun Day.

Erin Anderson and Ellie Salim from Wick High School, David from Thor House, Gina MacDonald from Wick High School, Ashley from Thor House and Ellie Harper from Wick High School. Picture: DGS
Erin Anderson and Ellie Salim from Wick High School, David from Thor House, Gina MacDonald from Wick High School, Ashley from Thor House and Ellie Harper from Wick High School. Picture: DGS

The total amount of raffle tickets sold at the Fun Day event came to £324 which Ellie Salim's father Sam – of Sams Furniture Ltd – promised to double, giving a grand total of £648.

A spokesperson for Thor House said: "We're truly grateful for the girls' donation to Thor House and also to Sam himself for matching the funds.

"It will go to art and craft materials, gardening equipment and help fund other activities."



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