Lightbulb moment for Fort Augustus pupils

Delighted to pick up some energy saving light bulbs from Falck’s Erin Hunter, is Annabelle Sutton (front) of class 7, Kilchuimen Primary with classmates and S1 pupils of Kilchuimen Academy. PICTURE FOR FREE USE BY IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE. NO F08 KILCHUIMEN LED LIGHTS 01

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Fort Augustus pupils with a bright idea are encouraging the local community to be more environmentally friendly with their lighting.

First year and primary seven pupils from Kilchuimen Academy and Primary School are distributing LED light bulbs free of charge to people who live in the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston area.

First year pupil Gydja Warmisham said: ‘Last year primary six and seven pupils at Kilchuimen Primary School came up with the idea for a project to replace people’s light bulbs with more sustainable LED ones which use less energy and last much longer.

‘We won £1,500 at Falck Renewables Sustainable Communities Awards and also received £300 from the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company, which has funded buying the LED light bulbs and we carried the project over to our first year at the academy.’

Anyone who lives in the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston can drop in to Kilchuimen Academy and collect up to five LED bulbs or call 01320 366296 for more information.

Erin Hunter, community relations manager at Falck Renewables, owner of the Millennium Wind Farm south-west of Fort Augustus, said: ‘We were very impressed with the pupils’ idea to help the community move to more sustainable light bulbs and delighted to help with funding to make it happen.’

Angela Williams, chief officer of Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company (FAGCC), who nominated the project for the Falck award, added: ‘We are delighted to support this project which was the brainchild of the local school children. The £300 donated by FAGCC for the purchase of the light bulbs will help reduce electricity bills and reduce CO2 emissions. We wish them every success with the project.’