Tree-mendous effort after charity theft
The "despicable" theft of a charity collecting tin just before Christmas in Inverurie has harvested rewards thanks to the sale of Christmas trees.
A tin full of donations for children’s charity Charlie House, which supports the families of children with serious disabilities and life-limiting illnesses in the north-east, was taken from the Inverurie Garden Centre mid December along with a staff tips jar.
Catering director Simon Robertson said: "The theft just before Christmas was a blow to both ourselves and the charity.
"It's sad that something like that would happen.
"Just before Christmas we had real Christmas trees for sale and we decided to give them away in return for a donation to Charlie House, with some local companies in turn being very generous in their purchase.
"Once word got out that it had happened people were very supportive.
Charlie House's Kirsty Walker said: "It was such a horrible situation but its really nice that it has turned out so positively in the end.
"Organisations like Inverurie Garden Centre raise wonderful amounts for us through collection cans being kindly displayed."
Charlie House is fundraising for its Big Build Appeal, which aims to raise £8 million towards building and maintaining a new specialist support centre set within four acres of ground at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.
The eight-bedroom facility will offer parents and carers the chance to recharge their batteries while their children are being cared for by specially trained staff.