A REPRESENTATIVE from the Maritime Rescue Institute this week praised the generosity of the community in Stonehaven following December’s floods.
Jo Thom was speaking after accepting a donation of £622 for the MRI from the Lairhillock Inn at Netherley.
The sum was raised by customers at the Inn throughout the month of December, when they bought raffle tickets as part of an annual fundraising drive at the Lairhillock.
Jo said: “The damage done to the MRI building and boats in the storms in December has set us back about six months in terms of funding.
‘‘However, the local community have been so supportive and fantastic.
“It sounds like a cliche, but the fact that people are remembering about us and supporting us despite what everyone has been through, is really what makes Stonehaven special.”
The MRI building has sustained damage to the roof and currently has no heating. There was also damage to the workshop and boats.
Lairhillock manager Donald Law said: “We last donated to the MRI about five years ago so we thought it was about time we contributed again.
‘‘We always try to give to somewhere local.
“It was devastating for everyone whose homes were affected by the flooding in December but the MRI building and boats suffered substantial damage and we wanted to help towards anything that needs done.”