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Youngster hailed for fundraising efforts


By Sean McAngus


A local youngster hopes to make a fundraiser an annual event in her calendar.

Turriff Primary School pupil Casey Train has raised £310 for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The 10-year-old raised the money through a sponsored walk and bike ride around the Turriff Den.

She also hosted a tombola at the Deveronside Club as part of the Banff Indoor Club and a sale of some of her toys.

Casey Train after her sponsored walk and bike ride around the Turriff Den.
Casey Train after her sponsored walk and bike ride around the Turriff Den.

Mother Tracey Skinner explained how the fundraiser came about: “One day she came to me saying that she felt really fortunate and wanted to help other children by raising money,” she said.

“She had aimed for just £100 but has passed that quite quickly.

“She walked and cycled around 30 to 50 laps at the Turriff Den to fundraise in the rain.

"Casey didn’t imagine her fundraiser would go as well as it has.

“She wants to make it into a yearly thing and I am so proud of what she has done.

“She was so happy to find out about the total she raised.

“All she wants to do is to help others which is great.”

On Monday afternoon NSPCC’s Matt Connelly visited the primary school to talk to the youngsters about the charity at their assembly and praised Casey for her fundraising efforts.

He also presented her with a bag of goodies including pin badges and said that she was always welcome to come along to the charity’s base in Aberdeen for a visit.

Casey Train presenting Matt Connelly with cheque of £210 that she fundraised. Picture: Sean McAngus
Casey Train presenting Matt Connelly with cheque of £210 that she fundraised. Picture: Sean McAngus

The community fundraising manager said: “She has been a big star.

"Her money will help 77 people so that is 77 calls to childline so over Christmas young people who don’t have carers we have the opportunity to help them.

“I want to say a huge thanks to Casey.”

He added: “I look forward to hearing her ideas about what she is planning to do for next year.

“It was great to come to Turriff to meet her.”

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection.

For more information visit www.nspcc.org.uk.



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