Hamish the highland bull has paid a visit to his creator as children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST launched their Kilts for Kids fundraiser.
The cute mascot, created by 10-year-old Erin Littler at Leuchars Primary School, will front the national push to raise funds for the charity which supports vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Kilts for Kids encourages supporters to hold a fundraising activity celebrating all things Scottish throughout the year or on special days like St Andrew’s Day, November 30; Burns’ Night, January 25, and Tartan Day, April 16)
Money raised will allow the charity, formerly the RSSPCC, to support families under stress, protect children from harm and help them recover from abuse.
Hamish was the result of a schools’ competition to design a new mascot with property company, The Walker Group, generously putting up the £500 prize money for the winning school.
Erin, who is in primary six, said she came up with the idea of a highland bull because it’s very Scottish. She added some tartan touches with a hat and a tartan belly, but revealed: “I thought about tartan hooves but that might have been too much.”
Asked what she thought about how CHILDREN 1ST had ‘smartened’ Hamish up for use on their fundraising materials she replied: “Wow. He looks great!”
Sandy Casey, sales and marketing director at The Walker Group, said: “It was terrific to see all the imaginative pictures the children produced and the tremendous interest the competition attracted.
‘‘We’ve been a proud supporter of CHILDREN 1ST for some time and are delighted to have played a part in this initiative.”
Julie Lowe, regional fundraising manager at CHILDREN 1ST, added: “We received a huge number of entries and it was a very difficult decision, but we think Erin’s concept of Hamish was udderly brilliant!
‘‘He’s cheery, colourful and a bit cheeky so we’ve given him his own Twitter account (@hamishk4k) and Facebook page so he can keep everyone up-to-date with stories of the people who fundraise for us.
“These efforts really do make a difference to the children we work with and we’d urge people to get involved.”
Anyone with a great idea for fundraising, perhaps with a Scottish theme, or who would like to join the clan and get involved with Kilts for Kids should visit www.kiltsforkids.org.uk or contact the regional fundraising teams around the country.