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Huntly FC's Easter eggstra special lockdown delivery to Huntly care homes

By Pat Scott

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In a generous gesture, Huntly Football Club’s captain ensured some Easter cheer for residents in Huntly’s three care homes.

From offshore, Alex Thoirs contacted the club treasurer, Shona Newlands to ask that his March wages be retained by the club but when he realised he was already too late to stop the payment, he donated the cash back to be used to to buy Easter eggs for nurses, elderly or kids in Huntly.

Mrs Newlands and club chairman Gordon Carter decided that donations to the care homes would fulfil Alex’s wishes.

Mrs Newlands’ son, Fraser works at Asda in the home delivery department and when manager Linda Morrison heard of the plan she made a goodwill donation to top up the skipper’s wages so that a contribution could also be made to Huntly Foodbank to ensure that food parcel recipients with children also enjoyed a sweet treat for Easter.

Mrs Newlands said: “As the delivery vans were so busy we didn’t want to take time away from them, so Fraser went in on his day off and organised the eggs, which we then delivered in our own cars to the homes.

Alex was delighted that a total of 60 eggs were distributed and said: “I didn’t want to take any money from the club as it was set to go through a difficult period.

“When I realised the club had distributed our wages I wanted to instead use that money for a good cause locally in Huntly.

“With great help from Gordon and Shona we came to an agreement that it would be a good idea to donate Easter eggs to Alexander Scott’s Hospital, the Meadows Care Home, Balhousie Care Home and Huntly food bank.

“Fraser did a great job getting it all delivered.

“I knew through this isolation period that the residents wouldn’t be getting any visitors and it was just something little to give them and also a thank you to the nurses and carers who are doing an incredible job.

“I hope the outcome of this is that there is a little smile on their faces and that they all had a happy Easter and manage to stay positive.”

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