The wonder of Willowbank

It’s going to be another wonderful Christmas for pupils at a Kilmarnock school after a fundraising initiative secured thousands of pounds in donations.

Willowbank School in Ayrshire offers education to pupils aged 5-18 who have complex additional support needs – the school’s motto is “Be the best you can be”.

Friends of Willowbank is a registered charity whose mission is to raise funds to support the School and its pupils. It’s run wholly by volunteers, most of whom are parents of pupils.

Greenbelt has supported Friends of Willowbank in their fundraising endeavours over the past two years through cash donations.

This year, as well as corporate donations, our own staff have also been very supportive, buying raffle tickets and personally donating prizes.

Jayne Sangster, Chair of Friends of Willowbank, said: “We are hugely grateful to Greenbelt for the support they have shown Friends of Willowbank in each fundraising initiative.

“We are a small school with only 67 pupils – and in turn only 67 families – so fundraising is a major challenge for us.

“Greenbelt’s generosity has played a big part in our fundraising success over the past two years, providing funds to buy our principal raffle prizes. In turn these raffles generate around £3000 for the school.

“The support means a huge amount to us. We are extremely grateful to Greenbelt’s CEO Alex Middleton and his staff, many of whom also support on a personal level through donations and buying raffle tickets.”

In addition, this year Greenbelt was one of the original Business Supporters of the Willowbank Challenge. This initiative is seeking to raise £10,000 for the school by securing £100 donations from 100 individuals and businesses.

Janet McQuillan, our Operations Director, commented: “Willowbank School is very close to our hearts and so we feel incredibly honoured to be able to help once again in their important fundraising activities.

“Reaching out into the wider community and offering help is integral to our ethos at Greenbelt – and that’s why we’re delighted to be able to assist Willowbank in particular. We look forward to continuing this partnership and wish everyone at Willowbank School a Merry Christmas.”

You can find out more about Greenbelt’s work in the community by visiting The Green Room.