Overwhelming generosity

Thousands of pounds worth of food and toys has been donated to families who were affected by flooding in Stonehaven.

Following the flood which devastated homes the weekend before Christmas, residents in Stonehaven and further afield came together to donate food and gifts to those affected by the flooding.

Locals quickly took up the call for help and Michelle Ward from the Royal Hotel organised with Stonehaven Round Table to open up the Town Hall where people could donate Christmas presents for those affected.

Volunteers said they had been “overwhelmed” by the response with hundreds of toys and donations of food pouring in.

The town’s Co-operative donated 40 hampers to help those affected. The Round Table packed their Santa sleigh full of gifts and delivered them to the children from Santa on Christmas Eve. The Town Hall then opened from boxing day to allow affected residents to go and collect donations, which included bedding, towels and cloths.

Response to the appeal was described as “phenomenal”.

Offers of furniture have been made for those who will start this year trying to get their homes ready to be lived in again, and the Town Hall has said they will be co-ordinating efforts to get this to people in the coming weeks.

The Town Hall has also set up a text service where people can donate money to the flood fund.

Monies donated will be passed on to the flood fund. It will give you a message saying thanks to your donation to the Town Hall Trust but it will get passed over to the flood fund. Send text to 70070, Message to type: STHT11 £(and the amount you wish to donate up to £10 per donation) make sure you leave a space between the STHT11 and the £ sign or it will not work. Money from the collection boxes from the Fireball ceremony on Hogmanay will also be going towards the cause.