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School trip for Queen’s Baton as Lasswade High joins relay

Vaila Chapman, Charli Evans, Jennifer Henderson and Sophie Miller of Lasswade High School, who are taking part in the Queen's baton relay in 2014

Vaila Chapman, Charli Evans, Jennifer Henderson and Sophie Miller of Lasswade High School, who are taking part in the Queen's baton relay in 2014

Two of the pupils who carried the Queen’s Baton around Lasswade High School have been speaking about their unforgettable experience.

When the baton arrived at Lasswade Centre Vaila Chapman, Charli Evans, Jennifer Henderson and Sophie Miller took it around their school, with pupils and staff spilling into the corridors to catch a glimpse of the baton as it went past their classrooms.

Aspiring swimmer Jennifer Henderson nearly took her place at Glasgow 2014 but the S5 was just delighted to be involved in the baton’s journey around the world.

She said: “It was good, quite exciting, but quite nerve racking at the same time. We took the baton through the school, I took it around the second floor.

“All the teachers and pupils were out the classes watching me. I had it for about two or three minutes, I just walked.

“I will always remember it. I think it’s because I’m very involved in sport, so it means a lot to me.

“I want to go to the Commonwealth Games to compete in swimming.”

Fundraiser Charli Evans spent so much time at the Sick Kids Hospital she decided to help them out and has now raised over £6,000 for those that cared for her.

She said: “I fundraise for the Sick Kids and they 
nominated me to carry the baton.

“Two years ago I was in there having an operation on my brain. I was really ill beforehand and doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me.

“AN MRI scan found a brain tumour, it was life-changing. In October it will be two years since my operation and things have just got better and better since then. I’m not fully recovered yet but I’m getting there.

“To raise money I organised party nights and other events that just bring people together.

“You can’t fully give back to a place that has done so much for you, so anything I can give them is a bonus.”

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