Little monsters on march for TCCL

Balmerino Primary School is one of the schoolswhich will be taking part in Monster March to support the TCCL Lodge campaign. (Photo: George McLuskie)
Balmerino Primary School is one of the schoolswhich will be taking part in Monster March to support the TCCL Lodge campaign. (Photo: George McLuskie)

Pupils at three north east Fife schools have been given speccial permission to be truly monstrous this month - but it’s all for a very good cause!

Newport, Balmerino and Castlehill PS in Cupar have all pledged to help children’s cancer charity TCCL Lodge raise funds for the renovation of its holiday home in St Andrews by taking part in its ‘Monster March’ event – and it’s hoped the support shown by these schools will inspire others to take part.

In Newport, the children themselves decided to raise funds for TCCL Lodge and today (Friday) all of the school’s 200 pupils will march around the playground with the monsters they created as part of a homework exercise.

They will be accompanied by drummer Stuart Foggo who gives drumming instruction to the P5 class.

A spokesperson for the school’s charities committee said the children wanted to support a local charity and they liked TCCL Lodge’s idea of creating monsters.

Castlehill Primary School in Cupar has also pledged to support the charity by holding an event on Friday, March 27.

Headteacher Carol Opdahl said: “We know how much TCCL helped one of our pupils when she had cancer and her parents have done lots of fundraising since. We wanted to do something as a school to recognise this and support TCCL Lodge’s plans.”

Nursery and primary school pupils in Balmerino have also taken TCCL lodge to their hearts and will be making monster masks and marching round the village on Tuesday, March 31.

Headteacher Vivien Macqueen said the school holds an event every year to support a national charity and this year, after being contacted by TCCL Lodge, decided to support a local one.

“Unfortunately cancer affects lots of children and we wanted to show our support for a charity which helps local families.”

Any schools which would still like to take part can visit the TCCL Lodge website at www.tccl-lodge.org.uk