Classmates raise £300 for Scottish otters

Ruairidh Newiss and classmates hand over the cheque to Roger Richards of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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A 12-year-old pupil and his classmates have helped raise more than £300 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust in Argyll.

Ruairidh Newiss, a P7 pupil at Lochnell Primary School, handed over the sum recently.

Ruairidh originally had the idea of raising money for the charity by selling t-shirts and mugs bearing photographs he had taken of local Scottish wildlife.

During the first lockdown, his video pitch of the idea won a Dragon’s Den award from Scotland’s Social Enterprise Academy.

Using Ruairidh’s original idea, the trio worked together to design a logo for their ‘Wild About Wildlife’ initiative.

They then designed an order form and took orders from their P7 class.

Ruairidh then went on to sell more items to his neighbours during the second lockdown earlier this year.

As a thank you, the three fundraisers were given a tour around Scottish Wildlife Trust’s woodlands at Shian Woods on the southern shores of Loch Creran where they handed over a cheque.