GIRLS from the Lochgelly High School Polar Academy team joined in with Kevin Sharp to donate Easter eggs to three primary schools.

Each year retired local business man and philanthropist Kevin Sharp and his wife Annie give generously to community initiatives in the Lochgelly and Benarty areas.

These have included supporting local sports clubs with equipment and football strips; delivering selection boxes to local schoolchildren and elderly support groups over the festive period; and donating and distributing over 900 Easter Eggs which are handed out to St Kenneth's, St. Patrick's and Benarty primary schools, as well as the local Church and Chapel.

This year for the local Easter egg distribution, Kevin was joined by volunteers, which included chair of Cowdenbeath Area Committee, Cllr Linda Erskine, and girls from the 2018 Polar Academy team at LHS.

The girls are actively fundraising for their cultural exchange project this summer which is a sub-project of the wider Polar Academy programme, involving girls from Lochgelly High and three girls from the town of Tasiilaq, in Greenland, which is mainly an Inuit population.

The exchange will last for a maximum of seven days in each country.

The girls are piloting this project as ambassadors and hope to pass it on to the future Polar Academy teams, with the aim that this can be replicated as a yearly exchange project. If successful, it can be adopted Scotland wide, building closer links with Greenland communities.

The total cost of the project is £14,985 and to date the girls have raised over £5,000 from donations, grants and sponsorship.

Supporting local worthwhile causes, Kevin also takes this opportunity to offer his support by sponsoring the exchange project and will by handing over a cheque for a four figure sum at a future event.

Cllr Linda Erskine said: "The Polar Academy experience has given these young girls a tremendous amount in gaining confidence and skills for them to develop this youth exchange programme and potential twinning between the two communities.

"Kevin’s sponsorship of local initiatives and the girl’s efforts to deliver this worthwhile project is inspiring and as the girls and their families continue their fundraising efforts, they would welcome any additional sponsorship or support which can be offered to assist them in achieving their aims.”

The Polar Girls Exchange Project team, left to right….Carla Masterton, Hannah Reid and Lauren Scott.