Comedy star Russell Howard has unveiled a special wall which has been painted to highlight the work of young carers in Aberdeenshire.
The colourful backdrop at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven was designed by artist Abigail Beeley and is part of a wider initiative to fund a trip for 10 youngsters to Loch Eil in Lochaber next month.
The English comedian signed one of the wall’s bricks and spoke to a selection of young carers at the celebration in the school recently.
Mr Howard said it was a “privilege” to attend the event.
He said: “The students are all unsung heroes sacrificing time and effort to care for someone important to them, whilst going to school.
“It has been eye-opening meeting the group of young carers at Mackie Academy and I hope more can be done to support young carers in schools up and down this country.”
So far more than £2,000 has been raised through the wall, thanks to sponsorship of its bricks by local people and organisations.
Gillian Owen, the chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee, said: “I am delighted to see young carers at Mackie Academy being acknowledged in this way.
“Young carers juggle a full-time education which often involves studying for exams with caring for friends and family members undergoing difficult circumstances.
“I hope they all enjoyed meeting Russell and have a lovely time at Loch Eil.”