Meet the winners of our Fundraising Heroes Competition 2020!

4th June 2021

Rosewell Primary School, Midlothian

4th June 2021

The passing of Remembrance legacy from generation to generation is as important now as it even has been. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt to traditional fundraising efforts last year, Poppyscotland reached out to young people across the country for help. The competition, entitled ‘Fundraising Heroes!’ was open to P4-S3 (ages 9-14) pupils, and asked students to devise new ways to support the Scottish Poppy Appeal by submitting their most innovative or most sustainable fundraising ideas, as well best-fundraising in action photo. The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 14 schools and, after 6-weeks of online voting and with 3,200 votes cast, the winners have now been announced.

Poppyscotland is delighted to today announce that Rosewell Primary School in Midlothian is the first of four winning schools to receive their Winners’ certificates.

Four Primary 7 pupils from Rosewell Primary School picked up the prize and coveted title of Most Innovative Fundraising idea’ for having created a campaign to sell poppy seed packets to residents within their local area. Aimee, Yasmin, Aisla and Eva were over the moon when they found out their idea had won:

“We are so happy to win, and we really appreciate that the whole community voted for us. Our idea to sell and have locals plant poppy seeds in their gardens was a way for the whole community to come together in remembering the men who fought and died for us.”


Park School, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

A group of S3 pupils from Park School were crowned the winners for Most Sustainable Fundraising Idea having organised a socially distanced sponsored Poppy Walk. John, Tommy, Logan B. and Logan M were over the moon when they found out their idea had won:

“We knew that Poppyscotland would find it difficult to raise money in 2020 due to Covid restrictions so we wanted to help out. We organised a sponsored walk on 11 November and created the ‘I am walking to honour…’ cards that were a way of showing respect and gratitude to those who served and their families. We’re very excited to have won the competition.”

Carol-Anne Burns, Head Teacher of Park school said: “I am immensely proud of the boys on their outstanding achievement in raising funds for Poppyscotland. With the wonderful support of Mrs Harvey and Mrs Coughlan, together they created a concept which signifies Poppyscotland’s message where no one is forgotten. Their idea of walking in remembrance of a loved one, family member or neighbour showed that the work of the Armed Forces is very significant in all our lives.

“Winning this amazing prize has led the school to celebrate what the boys have achieved by making the Poppy Walk an annual event in the Park School calendar. The resources provided through the Poppyscotland Learning programme are fantastic at encouraging pupils to explore and ask the key question of ‘why is it important to remember?’ As a school we are bursting with pride for this outstanding achievement.”

The Park School pupils were presented with their award at a prize giving ceremony on Friday 11th June at 10am winning a £500 Amazon gift card for their school and a visit from our Bud Truck. On top of this, the winners were surprised with Poppyscotland goody bags and a framed Winners’ Certificate.


Portpatrick Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway

Friday 18th June was a special day for three P6 pupils at Portpatrick Primary School because they were crowned winners of the  ‘Best Fundraising-in-Action Photo’.  See their award-winning photo below:

During a prize-giving ceremony in the playground of Portpatrick Primary School, Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland presented our winners Maya, Ava Lily and Isabella with their Winners Certificate and Poppyscotland goodie bags.  The girls – who called themselves ‘The Pineapple Squad’ – took the initiative to create and sell hand-made crafts to raise money in support of Poppyscotland. Their range of products were shared with pupils and friends and families of the school via their school email, Class Dojo and on posters.

As well as winning £500 worth of Amazon vouchers for their school they also won a visit by our Bud Truck. Ms Mandy Whorlow, P4-7 Class Teacher said:

“We are so proud of our girls for their dedication to others.  It is quite an achievement, particular when the winner was decided by a national voting poll.  Thank you to everyone who shared, voted and supported the girls in their efforts.”

Our Bud Truck, offer’s the school’s 27 pupils interactive learning experience facilitated by our Learning & Outreach Officer Laura and our Bud Driver John. Both remarked on how friendly and welcoming everyone was during their visit.

Pupils were able to tour the truck but unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, they were limited on what they were able to handle.  But Mandy says “That didn’t stop them enjoyed the experience one bit though.”

The boys and girls learned that five million poppies are made every year, enough for every person living in Scotland, should they wish to buy one.  They were able to look at the different styles of fundraising poppy that are produced around the world and found out that Lady Haig designed Scotland’s botanically correct poppy with four petals and no leaf.


Oban High School, Arygll & Bute

Oban High School in Argyll & Bute was the last of our four winning schools to be presented with their Winners’ Certificates.

Two groups of S1 and S2 pupils from Oban High School were crowned the winners for Most Innovative Fundraising Idea and Most Sustainable Fundraising Idea having created Poppy masks and tapestries with matching stationary. Ruby, Victoria, Jessica and Mirren were over the moon when they found out their idea had won: “We couldn’t believe it, it’s such a great feeling to have won but also to have supported such a worthy cause. The competition taught us so much about the importance of Remembrance and how young people like us can help keep the legacy of the men and women that Served alive.”

Peter Bain, Head Teacher of Oban High School added: “A big congratulations to our competition winners who all produced wonderfully creative, usable and eco-friendly product designs which demonstrate the innovative and sustainable ways young people can show their support for Poppyscotland. What is unique about Oban High School’s success is that we have won in two separate categories this year, which is an incredible achievement for the school, in addition to our fantastic win last year. This is an amazing opportunity for our young people and something they should be incredibly proud of.”

The Oban High School pupils were presented with their awards at a prize-giving event on Wednesday 25th August. As the school won in two categories, they received a £1,000 Amazon gift card that will be used towards purchasing items to enhance the pupils future learning around Remembrance and fundraising experiences. On top of this, the Poppyscotland travelling classroom, Bud, was pitched for two days at the school where pupils visited the micro-museum and interactive learning experience.