AN INCREDIBLE grand total figure for a Wee county’s fundraising efforts can be revealed following a massive annual charity drive.

This year’s work at Alva Academy in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support netted an astonishing £45,168.22 for the good cause, teachers saying the sum is enough to cover a year’s grants given out by the charity to people in the Hillfoots.

As reported in the Advertiser in the past weeks, the highlight is always the school’s annual coffee morning but pupils take part in a wide array of various events in the lead up, as individuals and in smaller or bigger groups.

The fundraising initiative is always led by the current S6 class, with the support of teachers, but the charity vibes spread around the school with an array of pupils taking part.

They included young S6 people like Declan Macmillan, Robbie Wilson, Aiden Beresford, Brodie Robertson, Aidan Bean, Chris Hewlett, Lewis Hall, Duncan McConchie, Alex Ferguson, David McConchie and James Hunter.

The group were among those who took on a sponsored climb to scale Ben Nevis and were accompanied by Mr Greig and Mr Thom.

A number of young people took on the challenge during a September weekend, the Sunday group (pictured) raising a whopping £2,061 which went toward the final total.

Many others took on their own sponsored outdoor challenges, collecting valuable money in the process, while bag packs, themed days, musical events and even a duck race were also among the fundraising initiatives.

Teacher David Clifford, one of three educators helping the pupils each year, is always keen to highlight the money is just an added bonus to what the children get out of their involvement toward their development as people.

Indeed, the students give up the only resource they have plenty of: their free time and dedicate it to help others, invoking Alva Academy’s values of respect, determination and service.

A musical video montage of some of the best and most emotional moments has also been created in time for the announcement of this year’s total, go to to check it out.