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Black Isle pupils make strides to bridge generation gap


By Hector MacKenzie


Fin Davidson, Michael MacPherson, Eilidh McPhee, Ellie Mann, Aneek Goldie, Matthew Parkes
Fin Davidson, Michael MacPherson, Eilidh McPhee, Ellie Mann, Aneek Goldie, Matthew Parkes

A group of secondary school pupils on the Black Isle went on the run – and landed a welcome £400 haul to benefit older people where they live.

Fortrose Academy's Young Enterprise team, Venture, ran the recent 5K race in Inverness to benefit Black Isle Cares, which works to improve care provision on the peninsula.

Despite what was described as "pretty awful weather", they all completed the course, bringing in more than £400 worth of pledges.

Fortrose Venture is a social enterprise set up by S6 students at Fortrose Academy. Its mission is to make a positive impact on people through conversation and interaction.

It has also worked to bring generations together, tackle loneliness and support people living with dementia.

Fin Davidson of the group said: "As a social enterprise we want to support local charities as much as possible and since Black Isle Cares is so closely related to our mission we wanted to raise money for them. All support is greatly appreciated."

Black Isle Cares supports adults in the Black Isle with health and social needs, working in partnership with NHS and Highland Home Carers . It also runs a meals on wheels service to 30 customers, three times a week in Avoch, Fortrose, Rosemarkie and surrounding areas.

Donations can still be made online at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/fortroseventure

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