PUPILS at the Vale of Leven Academy are getting ready to put their best feet forward next week in memory of a teacher who died in a tragic accident.

Third year students at the school will be completing a 5K run on Tuesday, June 15 in the hopes of raising £500 for Y Sort It’s West Dunbartonshire Young Carers initiative and the RSPB’s Loch Lomond nature reserve.

Both charities were chosen by the family of Chris Moses, a mathematics teacher at the school who was killed whilst working as a tree surgeon in Rhu in January 2020.

The 37-year-old, from Cardross, served in the Royal Marines for 13 years before joining the school’s teaching staff in 2019.

Parents, teachers, and pupils are also being encouraged to complete the distance in their own time. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chrismoses2 by Thursday, June 17 at the latest.

In a post on the JustGiving page, the organisers said: “Chris was a brilliant runner and he was a huge ambassador for running and exercise.

"Vale of Leven Academy pupils and staff are honouring his memory by participating in the “Chris Moses 5k” and raising funds for Y Sort it (West Dunbartonshire Young Carers) and RSPB Loch Lomond.”

Earlier this year a group of Marines from 43 Commando, based at HM Naval Base Clyde, where Chris served for two spells, undertook a Mountain Marathon in his memory, raising almost £6,500 for charity.