Beggan family and First employees
Schoolmates of the late Caden Beggan have been gifted with a new pirate ship and dinosaur footprints in their school playground.
Pupils at Ladywell Primary School in Motherwell got their first glimpse of the new playground equipment, donated by First bus company, last week after a memorial service to remember their classmate who died of meningococcal septicaemia in November last year, aged six.
Caden’s parents, David and Angela, and his brothers, Declan and Ethan, attended the school for the memorial where all the pupils dressed in pink, or as pirates and dinosaurs in memory of their little friend.
The school also used the occasion to adorn the building’s outer wall with the Cleland schoolboy’s art work and introduced a new annual art award as a tribute.
Pat Ashworth, head teacher at Ladywell Primary, said: “It was a happy and sad event which brought the whole school community together and celebrated Caden’s life.
“The children enjoyed coming to school dressed up but they knew they were doing it for Caden.
“Thank you to First Bus Company which have given the school something to help us remember Caden in a very special way.”
First bus company raised £3000 from a series of pink events in Caden’s memory to fund the new equipment.
Kenny Dickson, First’s engineering compliance manager, said: “The team and I were delighted to be able to raise the funds required for the pirate ship and playground equipment in memory of Caden.
“We hope that this will be a fitting tribute to a very special little pirate and his family.”
First employees also raised £7000 for the Caden Beggan memorial fund at the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation by holding a silent auction.
Ladywell Primary School will soon be presenting their own £7000 cheque to Meningitis Research Scotland which they raised from the proceeds of their charity single.