Nostalgia: Fun for all in a good cause

An Edinburgh University student in the stocks in April 1972 - Councillor John Kidd throws the water
An Edinburgh University student in the stocks in April 1972 - Councillor John Kidd throws the water
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WHEN It comes to raising money for charity, there have always been residents in the Capital willing to go the extra mile to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Schoolgirl Fiona Yelland, 17, this week hit a fund-raising target of more than £5500 for charity Meningitis UK. The teenager decided to raise the money after recovering from a rare form of life-threatening oral meningitis in October 2011.

To hit her target, George Watsons College pupil Fiona organised a fundraising concert, Music for Meningitis, and joined a long list of inspired events which have helped out good causes in the past.

Back in 1972, brave Edinburgh University students put themselves in stocks to endure a soaking at the hands of the public – and councillor John Kidd – as part of a fundraising campaign.

Girls from Granada engineering were among the 200 people who braved some miserable weather in February 1978 to take part in the Evening News sponsored fun run at Inverleith Park, while later that year there was a far more bizarre event in Balerno as “racing” prams were lined up to raise money for the Water of Leith Kidney fund.

Comic Relief brought a new wave of wacky fundraising events to the Capital, and among the most eye-catching was the inspired challenge by Edinburgh University students in 1988 to see how many of them could cram into a single phone box.

Various teams took part, with the winners from the Student Community Action Group somehow managing to get 14 people into one box.

Youngsters from Sciennes Primary School got into the Red Nose day spirit the following year, taking part in a sponsored jailbreak from Causewayside police station.