Council chief’s festive donations

Aberdeenshire Council’s chief executive has chosen to split his Christmas donation between two North-east charities - Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and Strathbogie’s Riding for the Disabled.

Colin Mackenzie will present each organisation with £1,000 in the New Year.

Kayleigh’s Wee Stars helps families whose children have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. It aims to help parents and families with financial pressure but also tries to help build positive and happy memories in the final months with their child.

The charity operates throughout the area from headquarters in Oldmeldrum and relies on donations.

Strathbogie-based Riding for the Disabled provides therapy for children and adults with disabilities. The activities give a therapeutic atmosphere and sense of achievement and enjoyment for those involved.

Mr Mackenzie said: “Aberdeenshire has many wonderful charities and this year I have chosen to split my donation between two very important and meaningful organisations. Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and Strathbogie’s Riding for the Disabled provide invaluable support to their service users and I am honoured to be able to donate to ensure their life-changing work is continued.”

Anna Cordiner, of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive a donation from Aberdeenshire Council this Christmas. We continue to receive applications for support on a regular basis and this donation will go towards supporting a family to make precious memories during a difficult time.”