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Sport pundit’s school SOS

One of Scotland’s top football pundits has helped save a school trip for fortunate pupils at St Andrew’s High School in Carntyne—by sending out a single Tweet.

Graham Speirs, a journalist with The Times and regular pundit on TV and radio, was inspired to get involved by his sister, who teaches PE at the school.

“The school is in a deprived area,” he said. “But it’s had a succession of really driven headteachers, with real ambition for the school. They had set up a trip for pupils to do water sports in Spain this June.

“They’d done everything to keep costs low, going by bus and so on. But kids kept dropping out because of the cost.

“The school still had a commitment with a travel company, so the dwindling numbers were putting the whole trip in jeopardy.”

“My sister had been quite stressed about it,” he said. “And she asked me if I knew anyone who could help. So I put a wee thing on twitter and the response was incredible.”

Within 24 hours one generous anonymous donor had pledged 3,000 pounds, ensuring the trip would go ahead.

“People can be amazingly generous; it’s amazing,” Mr Spiers added.

“Everyone knows about the dark side of social media—and I get crazy accusations made about me on a daily basis—but I’ve found it can also be an incredible vehicle for people’s generosity.”

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