28 November 2016

Emma collects the cheque from some of the pupils involved in the fundraising
Emma collects the cheque from some of the pupils involved in the fundraising

Nil By Mouth is celebrating after big hearted Blantyre school children raised £200 to support our education programme.

Pupils from St Blanes PS presented Nil By Mouth with the cheque at a special school assembly last Friday. They heard how the money will be used to support the charity’s ‘Champions for Change’ programme which encourages schools to work together on initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the harmful impact of sectarianism in society and to devise events and campaigns to celebrate diversity.

In May this year Nil by Mouth launched a funding appeal to help develop the programme at Hampden Stadium. Since then more than £20,000 has been raised by individuals, charitable trusts and schools such as St Blane’s PS.

The Blantyre school received their ‘Gold Award’ status back in 2014 and have continued to challenge sectarianism and bigotry across the curriculum by bringing together hundreds of primary school pupils from both denominational and non-denominational schools to participate in a range of activity days.

The school has shown an outstanding level of commitment to challenging bigotry and staff have supported pupils in devising their very own anti-sectarian policy and procedures and leading their own workshops and assemblies across the community.

Nil by Mouth, Engagement Officer, Emma Alexander said:
‘We have an excellent relationship with St Blane’s and were delighted to hear they had chosen to donate to our ‘Champions for Change’ scheme. Bringing pupils from different religious and cultural backgrounds together is key to creating a Scotland free from bigotry.

The money raised will support our inter-school partnerships and help challenge any myths and stereotypes some may have about others. Pupils at St Blane’s are a credit to their school and local community and we thank them very much for their thoughtful donation.’