Birthday celebrations lead to a priceless gift for pupils

Mary Bain holding cheque (right) with head teacher Isla Lumsden (also with cheque), pupils and staff.
Mary Bain holding cheque (right) with head teacher Isla Lumsden (also with cheque), pupils and staff.

A group of youngsters with special needs are heading off on their first-ever school trip together, thanks to the generosity of a Cupar couple.

Eight pupils from Kilmaron School, along with eight staff and two volunteers, are due to set off this Monday for the Lake District, where they’ll enjoy a five-day stay with the Calvert Trust, a residential outdoor centre specially designed for people with disabilities.

It’s all been made possible by Mary and Brian Bayne, who are long -time supporters of the school.

They raised the amazing sum of £2500 by holding a garden party last month to mark Mary’s 70th birthday, charging all the adults £15 to attend.

They had already made a donation to Kilmaron to help with the deposit and booking fees for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Isla Lumsden, headteacher at Kilmaron, said that she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the Baynes’ gesture.

“None of the children have been away with their peers and this is a wonderful opportunity for them,” she said.

“We are continuing to fund-raise with the aim of organising trips on a regular basis.

“Obviously the trip is quite expensive as the pupils need intensive support and specialised equipment.

“The Calvert Trust’s outdoor centre in Keswick caters for youngsters with even the most complex needs.”

The party, which was held at Mary and Brian’s home at Trynlaw, Cupar, included a hog roast and even a ‘mini Commonwealth Games’.

Said Mary: “Over the past years, Brian and I have become involved with Kilmaron School as helpers or attending events or concerts and every time we leave it really hits home how we all take our daily life so much for granted.

“Walking, talking, laughing or crying, enjoying music, art or a good book and seeing our children playing with others all amount to a special gift we have that money can’t buy.

“Through no fault of their own, the children at Kilmaron are not so fortunate, but learn and achieve amazing things through the inspirational work, dedication and love of the headteacher, Isla Lumsden, and her staff.

“To see a little girl smile or a little boy lift his hand to hold a cup for the first time is a major triumph for them.”