Glenalmond Raises £4000 for CHAS

The Glenalmond College community has raised over £4000 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in a 24-hour initiative which took place last weekend.

The Glenalmond College community has raised over £4000 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in a 24-hour initiative which took place last weekend.

The fundraising total of £4157, including Gift Aid, was the result of donations made by those who took part in a series of 10k runs during a 24 hour period from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday, and their supporters.

Glenalmond College employs around 140 staff, most of which live on site at the Perthshire school. The runs undertaken by staff and their families were carefully coordinated to meet social distancing requirements and members of the school’s community around the world were also invited to join in.

The #Coll24 initiative was strongly supported by staff, pupils and their families who took part on site, and by current and former pupils and staff elsewhere, who took part as far afield as Kenya, Antigua, Holland and Switzerland.

Among the runners were Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College, and his wife, Emma, who ran their 10ks on the school grounds, between midnight and 2am on Sunday morning.

Dr Alderson said he was delighted that the initiative had generated so much interest and such a great sum for CHAS.

“CHAS do incredibly important work and we are thrilled to have been able to support the charity. Our thanks go to all those who took part, and supported, and to all those who helped to ensure it ran smoothly and met current requirements for social distancing,” Dr Alderson said.

Another positive outcome of the event, he said, is that it seems to have inspired more people to pull on their trainers and get out running to improve their fitness. 

“Physical activity is also very important for good mental health and our 24 hour run seemed a very fitting way to round off national Mental Health Awareness Week, which we have been strongly supporting,” added Dr Alderson.

Glenalmond is also helping CHAS by making face shields for the charity in its Design and Technology workshop, where it has also been producing this essential PPE for local care homes and pharmacies. 

The school has held two very successful Virtual Open Days in May and will hold its next online Open Day on Saturday June 13th. Registration details, are available via the school website  www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk or by emailing registrar@glenalmondcollege.co.uk or calling 01738 842000.