Aberdeenshire Council’s leader has supported an Ellon-based organisation with his Christmas charity donation.
Councillor Jim Gifford presented a £2,000 cheque to PAGES, which is dedicated to providing activities for children in and around the town with additional support needs.
He said: “I am delighted to be able to support PAGES with this year’s Christmas donation and to recognise the invaluable work done by the charity in supporting children with additional support needs, and their families.
“For children who struggle to cope with mainstream activities, PAGES offers a wide range of fun after-school and holiday events, while offering their parents and carers an important source of support and information.
“The charity is run by a voluntary committee and relies on donations to be able to provide its important service.
“The dedicated volunteers work hard throughout the year to raise funds and I hope this Christmas donation will help them to provide the events and parties which bring such joy and respite.”
The charity has already identified potential uses for the donation.
Chairperson Alison Leighton said: “Fundraising in the present financial climate is difficult and donations are always very welcome and this is a generous and substantial donation. It is a lovely early Christmas present for the group.
“PAGES provides after school activities and a summer holiday activities scheme for young people with additional support needs. We had some taster archery sessions in 2013 which the young people all really enjoyed.
“We hope to use some of the money to provide further more long-term archery sessions and it will also go towards providing a summer holiday outing to Lochter or Deeside activity park.”
Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster and chief executive Colin Mackenzie will also make £2,000 Christmas donations to the charity of their choice.
For more information on PAGES, visit www.pagesaberdeenshire.com