Borders Additional Needs Group receive generous donation from Galashiels Academy

A group of four school pupils hold a large presentation cheque

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017

Local charity, Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG), has been presented with a cheque for £3,000 from a group of S3 pupils at Galashiels Academy.

The group were this year’s winners of the school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

YPI is an inclusive, multi-award-winning secondary school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting young people to social issues and local charities.

It is seen as an important part of the S3 curriculum at the Academy for the way in which it enables pupils to understand more about the social issues that impact on their local community. They are encouraged to research and make contact with local charities that address their chosen social issue, exploring how each charity has made a difference to people who utilise the services they provide.

Pupils are then required to showcase their experiences and completed work to a panel composed of guest judges, senior pupils, staff and the rest of their year group.

2017 winners

The overall winners for 2017 were:

  • Kacey Edmison
  • Ines Guthrie
  • Ellie Glendinning
  • Emma Brus.

The group chose to represent BANG, a group set up by parents of children with special needs to support families who have children with additional, complex or rare conditions.

Councillor Kris Chapman, Learning Disabilities Champion

“Huge congratulations to Kacey, Ines, Ellie and Emma on being declared winners of the YPI award and being able to make such a generous donation to BANG. Every day across the Borders, this worthy charity makes such a difference to the lives of families coping with the challenges of caring for a child with a disability and these funds will be a significant help to them in their work.”

Pauline Charles, Chairperson and Co-Founder of BANG

“We were delighted that the girls chose our charity as part of the YPI earlier this year. As well as meeting with us, they visited parents to give them a real insight into the valued work we do. All the girls demonstrated a genuine interest in the impact of our charity and had completed a significant amount of research prior to the visits. They also showed an interest in the third sector and in the work that happens within our communities.  

“It was lovely to see their hard work and genuine empathy rewarded. They are a credit to Galashiels Academy and their parents, and an inspiration to their generation.

“The £3,000 is a tremendous contribution to our families and will provide social opportunities and Autism friendly events to many of our families within the region.”

More information

  • Images available to download from our Flickr page.
  • Find out more about YPI from their website 
  • More information about BANG is available on their website