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‘Panda fever’ grips pupils as welcome celebrations spread to schools

‘Panda fever’ grips pupils as welcome celebrations spread to schools

Stripe worked with the Scottish Government to spread ‘panda fever’ to school children across Scotland with a specially created panda roadshow.

The educational project took place in six schools across the country including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Borders, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. A giant panda mascot greeted scores of excited kids at the visits, which were part of the Scottish Government’s celebrations to welcome the giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) to Scotland.

Pupils learned about Scotland’s links with China and also found out more about the bears, who are the first giant pandas to live in the UK in 17 years. The youngsters were also keen to show off their creative skills to the panda mascot as they designed masks, drew pictures and sung songs to welcome him to their school.

Lorraine Kelly yomps into action for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Lorraine Kelly yomps into action for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Stripe is delighted to be working with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity again to raise the profile of the 2012 Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp, following the inaugural event earlier this year. Stripe launched the second annual ‘yomp’ with the help of national treasure and Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch Cadets, Lorraine Kelly.

In her hometown of Dundee, Lorraine joined five soldiers from the Tayforth UOTC in exercising ahead of the 52 mile yomp, which takes place in Perthshire from 30th June – 1st July 2012. The Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp raises money for The Soldiers’ Charity which makes financial grants to support serving and former soldiers and their families in their time of need.

The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust – which awards loans and grants to small businesses across Scotland – will receive a third of the proceeds as the chosen charity of the title sponsor Alliance Trust.

If you want to set yourself a challenge for 2012, why not get a team together and register now for the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp just visit: http://www.soldierscharity.org/yomp or contact yomp@soldierscharity.org

2011 Festive Drink Drug Drive campaign launches at Holyrood

2011 Festive Drink Drug Drive campaign launches at Holyrood

Stripe was brought on board by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland to help launch the 2011 Festive Drink Drug Drive campaign in association with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

This year’s campaign, which was launched outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, will see the introduction of tough new measures targeting first time offenders who provide a sample for analysis, which is three times the legal limit or more and also those offenders who refuse to provide a sample for analysis without a reasonable excuse. As well as receiving a criminal record, a substantial fine and an automatic 12 month ban, these drivers may now have their vehicle seized and, on conviction, have it taken away – for good.