THE charitable efforts of pupils at a Clacks school netted a whopping four-figure sum for Strathcarron Hospice recently.

And there is more to come from Alloa Academy, where fifth and sixth year students decided to raise thousands more for the good cause.

A charity lunch in aid of the end-of-life care service was organised by senior pupil leaders and members of the charities team after they set themselves the task of funding the hospice for half a day.

The lunch, along with a raffle, was held at Victoria's Coffee Shop in Stirling and was organised by a team led by head boy Jamie Struthers.

They sold tickets for food and the draw while they were also serving up treats throughout the event.

The senior leaders are members of the school's Leadership Academy, working towards an SQA qualification.

Deputy headteacher Nicky Giuliani was happy to see the young people put their theoretical knowledge in leadership to practical use by organising the event and raising money.

She said: "We are so proud of the group who showed real passion and commitment to raising money for the hospice.

"Their leadership skills were evident throughout which resulted in a fantastic event and raising an excellent amount towards their overall target."

The charity lunch raised a fantastic £1,700, which means they are almost one-third way toward their overall fundraising target.

The hospice, which provides palliative care for people who are terminally ill as well as support for their family, needs to raise £12,900 each day to keep its services running.

That means the young people still have just under £5,000 left to raise, but already got off to a good start.

Claire Kennedy, community fundraiser at Strathcarron, showed the fundraising pupils around the hospice and explained how the money raised so far will be spent.

She said: "This generous donation of £1,700 to Strathcarron Hospice is very much appreciated by everyone here, staff and patients alike - it is a wonderful achievement from the pupils.

"This fantastic sum can pay for four days of specialist palliative care for someone staying in our in-patient unit.

"We are delighted that the Senior Leadership Team at Alloa Academy have chosen to support Strathcarron Hospice and set themselves the goal of paying for half a day's running costs of more than £6,000 over the school year and we look forward to working with the pupils and the school in the new year to help them achieve this target."