Teacher inspires Montrose pupil

Pictured with Codie are Cameron Halsall, Peter Davidson (project manager, Links Park Community Trust) and Andy Nisbet (Spinal Injuries Scotland).
Pictured with Codie are Cameron Halsall, Peter Davidson (project manager, Links Park Community Trust) and Andy Nisbet (Spinal Injuries Scotland).

A Montrose Academy pupil has raised money for charity after one of her former teachers was left with spinal injuries in an accident.

Codie Petrie (16) took part in the Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) 50 day in 5k challenge.

Participants donate half of the funds they raise to LPCT and the other half for a charity or cause of their choosing, and Codie decided to raise the money for Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) as one of her former Montrose Academy teachers suffered significant spinal injuries in a car accident.

Cameron Halsall (32), who is from the town, had been travelling to his new job in Stonehaven when his Renault Clio struck a house in August last year.

He broke 37 bones and sustained multiple fractures to his back, neck and spine and damaged his spinal cord.

After being admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Cameron was moved to a special unit in Glasgow.

For her challenge Codie ran 5k for 50 days and as a result raised £500 - £250 for SIS and £250 for LPCT.

She said: “I am really grateful for all the sponsors that helped motivate me to complete my challenge and I am also very grateful to Mr Halsall for inspiring me along the way.”

Cameron said: “I’m very proud of Codie, and am blown away by what she and other pupils have done on my behalf to raise money for Spinal Injuries Scotland. Pupils I taught only a couple of years continue to surprise me and make me glad to be a teacher.”