Arc receives Christmas police donation

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IT’S NOT all about catching bad guys for Ellon Police staff this Christmas, as personnel make a donation to a local animal sanctuary.

Staff at Ellon Police Station will hand over their collected donation to the New Arc, beside Auchnagatt, on Sunday. Staff have bought food, toys and bedding for the animals, as well as £90 worth of food vouchers.

Clerkess Shona Dempster, who works at the Ellon Station, told the Times that the tradition was established last year, when police had also made a donation.

She said: “When the New Arc first opened, Keith introduced himself and we decided that it would be a great cause to support. We’ve got a heap of stuff to hand over that we’ve collected at the station.”

Speaking for the New Arc, manager Keith Marley told the Times that the donations would be a huge help over the festive period. The charity, which operates a shop on Banff’s Low Street, is entirely dependent on donations, and is always seeking sponsorship and new homes for its residents.

Keith told the Times: “This comes as a huge and welcome surprise. The police donation last year was a real boost, but to receive another is absolutely amazing, coming as it does at the end of a difficult year.”

Speaking of how the recession had hurt the charity, Keith said that the New Arc shop in Banff had made all the difference.

“It’s been a particularly hard year,” he said. “Donations haven’t been coming through, as people haven’t had as much money to give. It’s been a real struggle. Without the shop, I don’t think we would have survived the year. It has been a huge boost to ourselves, and serves a dual function as a place where hard pressed families can buy reasonably priced clothes in a tough financial climate. We would love to open a similar shop in Ellon, but the rents are way out of our price range.”

“This donation is extremely welcome. It’s good to see that we’ve gathered support from the local community.