LOCHGELLY HIGH school pupils who were facing missing out on prom were gifted £1,000 by a local businessman and philanthropist.

Molly Downey, head girl at Lochgelly HS, reported to a meeting of a local committee, that several young people from the school were facing missing out on the opportunity to attend their final prom event, because of the very difficult financial crisis that has been facing many families.

When Cardenden and Lochgelly funeral director, John Gilfillan BEM, heard about of the plight of these pupils through local councillor, Linda Erskine, he sprang into action and immediately donated £1,000 to help those students who were struggling.

He recognised how difficult it had been for families over the last few years and wanted to help the young people get to their farewell prom, and thanks to his generosity students were able to obtain suits, dresses, jackets, shoes, and handbags.

Margaret King, of Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development department, based at Bowhill Centre, ensured that the distribution of the funds went smoothly.

Councillor Erskine thanked John for his ‘unwavering’ support for his community and stated: “John is truly like the fairy godmother in Cinderella.

“As a result of his generosity he has ensured that our young people can go to their ball, helping them make precious lifelong memories.”