Jake awarded a Pride of Buchan

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Jake Buchan (11) is the most latest recipient of a coveted Pride of Buchan award for his enthusiastic fundraising efforts.

Jake, a Room 6 pupil at the town’s Anna Ritchie School, suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair-bound.

However that didn’t stop him from doing 20 laps at the town’s running track last year in order to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need.

Hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity, Jake and his family were delighted to see the final total rise to a fantastic £4,000.

Jake’s efforts were recognised last week by family friend and local councillor Anne Allan, who suggested at a recent Aberdeen Council Buchan Area Committee meeting for Jake to be considered for one of the awards.

She said: “I’ve known Jake for a few years, through former councillor Jim Davidson who is related to the family. Jake’s recent fundraising efforts have been wonderful. He has problems of his own however he put others first and carried out fundraising to benefit other children.”

Proud mum, Cindy, added: “He’s always wanted to do something to help others, and the school helps to encourage the children to think about others.

“He never knew about the award today so it was a lovely surprise for him.”

Headteacher of Anna Ritchie School, Ishbel Cruickshank was proud of Jake’s enthusiasm with his fundraising and is delighted that he is the first pupil at Anna Ritchie to receive such an award.

Councillor Stuart Pratt commented: “When the council members heard what Jake had done we were really impressed with his hard work. For thinking of others first and doing something to help them, we thought it was of worthy recognition.”

And what did the big-haearted wee lad have to say about his award: “I didn’t expect to get this today and it was a good surprise.

“It’s a pity I don’t have a spare wall in my room to hold everything on but I will find a special place for this award!”