Kind-hearted students from Vale of Leven Academy have donated profits from their Young Enterprise business to charity.

Sixth years Jamie Bakhsh and Niamh MacEachran and fourth years Connor McFadden and Cameron Munro handed over a cheque last week to CHAS’ community fundraiser Jonathan Clegg at the charity’s Robin House Hospice in Balloch.

The teenagers made the money after setting up a business called ‘Sevens’ within the school and buying in slogans they had thought of to stick onto bottles and mugs and sell for profit.

Jamie said: “Last year I was also in the Young Enterprise group and expressed my feelings to the group that I thought it was an amazing charity and so put the option open to donate to them again as the work they do is phenomenal.”

The young entrepreneurs sold their products to pupils, teachers and staff throughout the year, at parents’ evenings and at a Clydebank Trade Fair, where they were also assessed on their stall and marketing by inspectors.

After paying off their costs, the group were delighted to make a profit of £150, which Jonathan praised the pupils for donating to CHAS, which offers a full family support service for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

He said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the students of Vale of Leven Academy to Robin House as they presented their cheque of £150.

“I would like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication in raising the money in such an innovative way.

“Three children die every week in Scotland of a life-shortening condition, and at present, we’re only reaching one of those families.

“The donations, funds and awareness raised by our amazing supporters help us on our mission to reach and support every single baby, child and young person who needs us.”