PUTTING the fun into fundraising has helped a kind-hearted school raise more than £115,000 for a city cancer charity which supported a much-loved former pupil.

Bishopbriggs Academy pupils take part in a sponsored walk every year in honour of Francesca Mancini, who died in 2016, just a few weeks before her 21st birthday.

Francesca was a Beatson Ambassador. She was awarded a Glasgow Times Scotswoman of the Year Editor’s Award posthumously, in honour of her dedication to young cancer patients, as she underwent treatment for the disease.

When the usual ‘Off the Beatson Track’ sponsored walk event could not go ahead because of Covid-19 social distancing rules, pupils and staff came up with their own plan.

Under the leadership of PE teacher John McCue, the team decided to walk to and climb the equivalent distance of Ben Nevis and Mont Blanc - all from the safety of their own home town.

The event was a huge success, raising £12,000 for the charity.

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It’s the latest in a long line of initiatives organised by the school to help the Beatson.

Morag Cunningham, Director of Fundraising, said she was “overwhelmed” by the school’s fantastic efforts.

“We are ever so thankful to staff, pupils and families of Bishopbriggs Academy,” she said.

“This year, John McCue, Head of PE, has been truly amazing.

“The charity is very appreciative of the school’s efforts and in particular John and the team who have been enthusiastic in encouraging more young people to support our cause and take part in annual walking event.

“Despite these uncertain times, Bishopbriggs Academy have stood by us and have demonstrated yet again their determination.

“More importantly they have lifted local community spirit as well as allowing us to continue providing services to patients facing cancer.”