Celebration as superheroes hand over thousands to Calaiswood


WEST FIFE superheroes have celebrated their fundraising efforts by handing over a huge cheque to Calaiswood School in Duloch!

After months of hard work and hundreds of miles run, the colourful characters were able to gift the special needs school that serves West Fife with £12,200.

It was Duloch Spiderman, aka Dave Roper, that started the superhero trend in Dunfermline by running around his local area in his lunch break to lift spirits in lockdown.

And an initial target to raise £100 for Calaiswood School, where his autistic son, Liam, attends, has been well and truly smashed.

The huge sum will allow the school to buy some iPads to benefit pupils at Calaiswood.

Headteacher Laura Spence told the Press: “When Dave contacted us back at the start of lockdown to say he was going to fundraise we were over the moon but what the superheroes have achieved is just incredible.

“Calaiswood is very small so when we fundraise it takes a lot of hard work.

“One thing our pupils benefit from is technology and we will be looking to buy an iPad for every classroom but we’ll still have some money left over so we’re asking our teachers what else will be a help.

“What Dave started just grew and grew and we even have two former pupils who are superheroes as well as a current pupil, Cameron, who is a wee Stormtrooper!

“It’s really been great for community spirit and for our school it’s phenomenal.”

Laura, who lives in Dunfermline, said her own two boys were delighted when they saw the superheroes out in the community.

She added: “Seeing them was one of those moments that takes you back to your childhood and there was lots of beeping and tooting from my car!

“My boys just lit up when they saw the superheroes and there was lots of excitement from everyone!

“When they came last week there was such a buzz in the air too and as our pupils come from all over West Fife it’s been great that all of them have been able to see the superheroes running around the different areas.”

Not only did the Duloch Spiderman’s initiative kick-start raising a tonne of cash for Calaiswood but the superheroes have also raised thousands of pounds for Edinburgh and Glasgow’s children’s hospitals by running between the two cities and from Dunfermline to Edinburgh.

Dave added: “It was an amazing feeling to hand over the money.

“I’ve told them I’m not going to stop fundraising though. To think I originally set a target of £100 – it’s just unreal!”

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