By Gerard Gough

MISSIO Scotland had 500 reasons to celebrate recently after receiving a substantial cheque from the pupils of St Joseph’s Primary School in Blantyre.

Primary 5 pupil Diane Meechan presented a cheque for £500 to Missio Scotland representative Anne McCrossan (above) at a school assembly at the end of April, at which schoolchildren also presented cheques to a host of other charities for whom they’d raised money as part of their Lenten charity collections.

St Joseph’s headteacher, Jacqueline Ross, explained how Missio Scotland’s money, however, had been raised throughout the year in a variety of different ways and she praised the pupils for their efforts.

“We have a Missio day every Wednesday where the pupils donate money,” she said. “We also have the children fill in collection sheets at the end of which they receive a certificate. However, we also work on raising awareness with them of the excellent work carried out by Missio Scotland and make sure they are aware of the charity’s concept of Children Helping Children, which is a motto we fully adhere to.

“It is outstanding in the current climate to think that our pupils can raise such funds. It is truly phenomenal.”