Fundraising secures Newtonhill defibrillators

Some of those who took part in the games weekend in Newtonhill on June 14 and 15.
Some of those who took part in the games weekend in Newtonhill on June 14 and 15.

Newtonhill is to benefit from two community defibrillators, after a games weekend and other fundraising in the village raised £2,100.

Local Rotarian Skea Ross has helped to organise the games weekend in the village for the last few years.

He explained: “The games weekend started a few years ago in memory of Roddy McDonald who was a well-known and liked character in Newtonhill.

“I am a member of the local Portlethen and District Rotary Club and with the help of regulars from the Quoiters bar we have just kept it going to raise money for various cancer charities and the local health centre at Portlethen.”

Mr Ross decided to use the funds from this year’s event to raise money for two defibrillators, to be kept for community use. One will be kept at the bottom of the village, and the other will be kept at Tescos at the top of the village.

The fundraiser was held in June and raised around £1500, and with additions from the Newtonhill Common Goods Fund, plus the proceeds from a car wash at the local Tesco store they have reached the impressive total of £2,100.

Skea added: “The weather was a good surprise and we had a BBQ on both days with help from the Portlethen and District Rotary Club along with raffles and a karaoke on the Sunday night.”

The early rounds of the games were held in both village bars and the finals were played in the Quoiters bar in Newtonhill which included Pool, Darts and Dominoes.