Academy pupils spread Christmas cheer on Bute

Pupils from Rothesay Academy's S3 XL group distributed food hampers to some of the island's elderly and vulnerable residents.
Pupils from Rothesay Academy's S3 XL group distributed food hampers to some of the island's elderly and vulnerable residents.

Pupils at Rothesay Academy have distributed a hundred food hampers to some of Bute’s elderly and vulnerable residents this week.

Following the appeal published by The Buteman last month, islanders’ generosity enabled the school’s S3 XL Group to smash the record set by their predecessors for the number of parcels put together.

The group spent a day last week delivering the hampers to local retirement housing complexes, where they also spent time talking to the residents.

The class also visited the HELP Project and Argyll and Bute Council’s local social work department to deliver parcels for onward distribution to those in need.

The school’s youth worker, Ailsa Cassidy, said: “The generosity of the people of the Isle of Bute has been quite simply overwhelming and we would like to thank every single person who donated.

“Could I also thank the pupils who dedicated so much time to ensure others have a happy Christmas - they should all be so proud of themselves, as we are of them.”

* More - including a full list of thanks - in the December 26 edition of The Buteman, on sale now.