A north-east school has been praised by a renowned film-maker and award-winning actress after raising more than £50,000 for charity.
Staff and pupils at Balmedie Primary in Aberdeenshire have been raising funds for Comic Relief, held every second year.
As a result of their efforts since 2011, the cash raised will go towards helping the most vulnerable in the UK and abroad.
As a thank you, Comic Relief co-founder and film-maker Richard Curtis recorded a special message for the pupils followed by comedian Miranda Hart.
Early years teacher Carla Mylles is part of the Comic Relief committee, which plans the fundraising events for the school.
Carla and her team contacted Emma Freud – Richard Curtis’s partner – to tell her about the fantastic work done by the youngsters.
To her surprise, congratulations from the charity boss followed.
She said: “We just wanted to let her know about the things we’ve done for Comic Relief.
“She got back to us, thanking us for what we’d done, then later the same day we got the message from Richard, and the following day we got the one from Miranda as well.”
The staff broke the news to the kids in an assembly last week, after explaining who the pair are.
She said: “They all got up and were cheering and clapping. It was really cool.”
In 2013, £10,000 was raised by the school, with £21,000 in 2015 and £18,000 in 2017.
Cash was also raised in 2011, taking the total above £50,000.
Richard’s video said: “It brings me the most profound delight to see how much money you have raised and how many lives that you’re changing.
“I hope you have fun, and you do it stupidly and I hope you do it joyfully.”
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Miranda’s video praised the efforts of the kids, while also laying down a gauntlet.
She said: “You are amazing. We love you. For two Red Nose Days in a row you are the highest fundraising school in the country. That is awesome.
“I hope you have a brilliant Red Nose Day this year – can you make it a hat-trick?”
Carla feels the charity helps to teach the children about the world around them.
She said: “It opens their eyes up, to show them how lucky they are to live the lives that they do.
“It also shows them that it’s their responsibility as a good person to do what they can to help others.”