PUPILS at Galashiels Academy have raised £3,000 for the Friends of the Borders General Hospital.

As part of their Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project, youngsters from S3 investigated social issues in their local area which mattered to them.

They researched charities across the region which worked to prevent or reduce these issues.

It was then down to the students to present a case for their funding by completing video presentations using their iPads.

These were judged by headteacher Kevin Ryalls, members of the head team, student voice and a partner from YPI.

James Marjoribanks, chairman of the Friends of Borders General Hospital said: "Galashiels Academy should be really proud of the students who successfully completed their course called the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and in doing so won the competition and donated their prize of £3,000 to the Friends of the BGH.

“They picked us as their choice because of the impact we have had and continue to have in financially helping the hospital and its staff buy furnishings and much needed equipment.

“The staff really appreciate what we do and we can only do it because of the generosity of people like these very dedicated students at the academy.

“Be assured, especially in the current emergency, the hospital will benefit from their fantastic efforts.

“Well done and thank you to Evie, Neve, Holly, Eleanor and Shantelle.”

The judging team commented on how difficult it was to come to a decision and said that if anyone knows of a charity/organisation which they would like to be considered for next year’s competition, please send details to Jfairbairn1@glow.sch.uk.