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Tycoon encourages young to give

Sir Ian Wood talks about his charity giving

One of Scotland's richest businessmen has been encouraging schoolchildren to support charity.

Sir Ian Wood set up a charitable trust a year ago which has passed more than 2m on to good causes.

The Aberdeen businessman has given thousands of pounds to several city schools for pupils to pass to charities of their choice.

He told BBC Scotland: "In Scotland the word philanthropy has emerged as a strong movement."

The hope is to invest 50m in charities over the next 10 years.

One secondary pupil involved the the project said: "I think it's really important because the charities we looked at did not get a lot of money."

Sir Ian is chairman of the multi-million pound energy services firm, John Wood Group.

It is one of the UK's largest energy services companies.

Sir Ian has chaired the company since 1982 and was awarded a knighthood in the 1994 honours list.

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