YPI Scotland

The father of a Portlethen Academy pupil has raised an additional £7700 for the charity his son’s team secured their school’s YPI grant for earlier this year.

Inspired by his son Jack and classmates Finlay Dyce and Sajan Alawattage. Tim Laundon decided to fulfil an ambition to climb Mount Kiliminjaro to raise further funds for the Living Well dementia café project.

Jack and his friends chose to address the issue of dementia as his grandfather had lived with the condition prior to his death last year.

Lynsey Brosnan, National Coordinator of YPI, said: “It is wonderful to see the far-reaching impact of YPI. Young people are so often a source of inspiration and it is wonderful Tim was spurred on in his challenge by Jack and his friends’ YPI involvement.

“As well as funds, YPI is about raising awareness of small charities doing amazing work in the local area. We think the Laundon family have certainly achieved both these aims.”

Jack and his teammates impressed judges including Lady Wood at their school’s final due to the multi-layered nature of their presentation which featured a video of a visit to the project, a computer animation and letters of support from celebrities including Stephen Fry and Dame Barbara Windsor.

Linda Rendall of the Living Well Café said: “We are blown away by the amazing efforts of Tim and Jack.”