Alfie scoops top prize in Academy’s matchbox challenge

Winners of Rothesay Academy's Mad March Matchbox Challenge, held in aid of Cancer Research UK, are pictured with Anna Harrison, manager of the charity's Rothesay shop.
Winners of Rothesay Academy's Mad March Matchbox Challenge, held in aid of Cancer Research UK, are pictured with Anna Harrison, manager of the charity's Rothesay shop.

Rothesay Joint Campus pre-five pupil Alfie Doyle scooped first prize in a charity matchbox challenge organised by pupils at Rothesay Academy.

Alfie somehow managed to cram more than 150 items into one of the tiny boxes - more than four hundred of which were sold in the fundraiser, which raised £185 for Cancer Research and was organised by a group of pupils at the school and their teacher, Ruth Robertson.

The challenge required those taking part to fill a matchbox with as many items as possible - producing some ingenious results. Alfie’s mum, Kirsty Crawford, said: “Alfie had about 154 items in his matchbox, from a hair bobble to a sunflower seed, a five pence piece, a daisy and a clothes tag.”

Winifred Muir took second place and primary 4 pupil Amy Simpson came third.

Manager of the Cancer Research UK Rothesay shop, Anna Harrison, commented: “This is a really amazing surprise. I had heard of it before but not as a fundraiser.

“I just think they did an amazing job, they must have put in an awful lot of work. I’m stunned and amazed they raised so much.”

Teacher Ruth Robertson said: “The demographic of participants varied enormously. Internal competitions raged between work colleagues and classroom friends to gather the most items for their matchbox with friend and relatives called in for top tips.

“A massive thank you must go to Cowal Building Supplies for providing the matchboxes. The pupils of Tutor Group 8 would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and helped to promote the event.”