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Local groups receive welcomed cash boosts


By Sean McAngus


Three good causes in Ellon have received a welcome cash boost as part of the Co-op Community Fund Big Payout.

Money totalling £3988 was given to the Victoria Hall Trust, Auchnagatt Village Hall and Girlguiding Ellon.

The Co-op Community Fund Big Payout took place throughout the UK with £17.3 million being donated to nearly 4500 local causes.

Donations are made up of money raised from Co-op shoppers who have a membership card.

Each purchase made by a member gives them five per cent back to spend, while one per cent goes towards the Co-op’s Community Fund supporting worthy charities.

Victoria Hall Trust’s Keith Hart (middle) being presented with a cheque bystore manager Dean Knox and Co-op colleague Tanya Slesser.
Victoria Hall Trust’s Keith Hart (middle) being presented with a cheque bystore manager Dean Knox and Co-op colleague Tanya Slesser.

The Victoria Hall Trust have been given £1206, which will be spent on helping to pay for the installation of new flooring.

The Trust’s Keith Hart said: “We’ve just finished installing a brand-new floor and this donation will help towards those costs.”

Auchnagatt’s Village Hall’s Triona McGowan receives a cheque from Ellon Co-op store manager Dean Knox.
Auchnagatt’s Village Hall’s Triona McGowan receives a cheque from Ellon Co-op store manager Dean Knox.

Auchnagatt Village Hall’s Triona McGowan was delighted with the £1325 that was presented to them.

This will go towards the cost of repairs at the hall.

She said: “This money is invaluable to the community of Auchnagatt and will help us to be able to do the much-needed maintenance and repairs to our village hall.”

Girlguiding Ellon also benefited with a sum of £1457.

Co-op manager at the Ellon Esslemont Circle store Dean Knox said: “We just want to say a big thank you to our Co-op members and colleagues for making a difference in our local community of Ellon.

“Our new 2019/2020 local causes are Ellon Men’s Shed, Rainbow Rogues and Ellon Castle Gardens.”

Elsewhere, the Behelvie Community Trust received £1463 from the store in Balmedie.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The money is going to Better Balmedie to help them develop their garden next to the Congregational Church.

“Many thanks to the Balmedie Co-op managerand all his staff and all the local Co-op members who nominated us to receive this very welcome donation. “

Oldmeldrum and Pitmedden communities raised a whopping £9608 for the Co-op community fund.

Kayleighs Wee Stars, 2nd Oldmeldrum Brownies and Daviot Community Trust all benefited from the fund.

Adam Hamilton, from the Oldmeldrum store, said: “We were delighted to be one of 2600 shops celebrating our community fund payout to our three local causes.

“Thank you to our members for their continued support.”

Delighted 2nd Oldmeldrum Brownies leaders Dianne Smith and Dana Thomson added: “We work to install a sense of community in the girls, teach them life skills and broaden their horizons.

“We are absolutely elated to receive a huge donation from the Co-op Community Fund and cannot thank the Co-op, or the local customers enough, for their support.”

Daviot Community Trust chairman Mike Newman said: “Daviot Community Trust would like to thank the Co-op and their members who have supported our work.

“We are managing and developing a network of paths and woodland walks within the Daviot Estate and without the support of grants and donation we would be unable to carry out the work we do.”

Kayleigh’s Wee Stars’ Tracey Morris said about the donation: “The support makes such a difference to the charity and allows us to continue helping families.”



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