Pupils take on wall to highlight little known disease

Gordonstoun girls took on the wall at Plewlands House
Gordonstoun girls took on the wall at Plewlands House (Facebook)

OVER 60 GORDONSTOUN pupils demonstrated remarkable courage in an effort to highlight a condition that took the life of one of their number.

The pupils from the Moray school – all girls – abseiled down the 60ft drop at the Plewlands Boarding House at the school to raise funds for Lupus UK.

Included in the 60 making the drop was Sophia Irvine-Fortescue, the captain of the boarding house – and whose mother has been diagnosed with the condition. Lupus is thought to be a genetic condition which weakens the immune system – currently, there is no cure.

It is believed to be genetic and more common in women aged between 18 and 45. The condition took the life of a former Gordonstoun pupil Michelle Ramsay-Fraser three years ago – giving more reason for the pupils, led by Sophia, to make the effort to raise funding towards research into the condition.

Sophia said: “Many people don’t know what Lupus is – and before my mother was diagnosed, neither did I. This is why raising awareness and money for a charity that does so much for people living with this potentially life-threatening disease is important.”

Laura Paterson, who is the house mistress at Plewlands House, added: “As a whole school the illness was sadly brought to our attention when one of our former pupils died from a form of the condition.

“We felt we ought to support the wonderful work of Lupus UK do in helping those suffering from the disease.”