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WATCH: Resilience group says thanks to community

By Kyle Ritchie

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An Ellon group has thanked volunteers for their efforts to help vulnerable residents in the community and surrounding areas over the past year.

Ellon Community Resilience Group mobilised into action during lockdown to assist residents who were in need.

As a thank you, group chairwoman Tessa Carr created a video which she hoped would be shown in the Christmas special of BBC TV show Countryfile.

However, she said on the group's Facebook page: "To all the volunteers that helped deliver vital supplies during lockdown to vulnerable residents across Ellon and surrounding areas.

"I was hoping my mini film clip was going to be chosen for the BBC Countryfile Christmas special. They had asked for resilience groups across the UK to send in clips for a montage at the end of programme. They received over 150 and in the end sadly ours wasn’t chosen."

She was able though to post the video on the group's Facebook page, which can be viewed below:

She outlined the group would be on hand to assist anyone when the new level four coronavirus restrictions come into force from Boxing Day for three weeks.

She added: "We know our superstar team can kick into action again like before. Stay safe everyone."

The group was formed in 2016 in the aftermath of severe flooding that affected the town.

Its aim is to mobilise volunteers to help the community in the event of serious emergencies.

As well as flooding and severe weather the group helps during major fires, serious incidents involving transport and the extended loss of utilities.

It aims to be prepared to pro-actively respond to the needs of those affected in support of the First Responders.

2020 has seen it respond to the coronavirus pandemic and help vulnerable residents who were in need of assistance.

For more on the group visit its Facebook page @ECCfloodresponse or website at www.ecrg.uk/index.html

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