More than £14,000 donated to Emergency Flood Fund

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IT is just over a month since the first of two floods devastated Stonehaven within the space of a week, however already the community has come together and more than £14,000 has been raised to support the victims of flooding in the Town.

The emergency fund set up to help Stonehaven’s flood victims has now reached £14,255 with more events still to take place in the near future.

Mrs Lindsay Verstralen, chair of the multi-agency fundraising committee set up by the town’s Flood Relief Group under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Stonehaven Charitable Trust Fund, paid special tribute not just to individuals and groups in Stonehaven who were helping to ease the pain suffered by those affected, but to Stonehaven’s “good neighbours” who had rallied round to support the town in its time of need.

She said that over the past week further donations have come in and the fund now stands at £14,255.

She wanted to express a “lot of thanks” were due to all the individuals who have contributed privately and to those who have given via the various groups who have organised fundraising activities.

Donors from Stonehaven who have so far contributed include: The Flood Fund Volunteers (£2000), The Zumba Class (£164), The Kids Ceilidh (£566), the Unionist Club (£340), Probus Club (£302), the Fireballs organisers (£8000), Stonehaven Lions (£1000) and again from the Flood Fund Volunteers who in a second donation, have raised £1800 from their sale in the Town Hall.

Victims of flooding who are looking for support from the fund should fill out an application.

For applications to be considered, The Stonehaven Flood Relief Fund form should be completed, signed and returned. This is available from Monday January 14 onwards at the Housing Office in Allardice Street and the Stonehaven Library, Evan Street Stonehaven. You will also access it via if needed, assistance is available when filling out the form.

Many more fundraisers have been arranged for the fund. A quiz night has been arranged by The Stonehaven and District Lions Club and the Stonehaven Town Hall Trust and is set to take place on Friday February 8 in the Town Hall. The quiz, which is called “Allies across the pond” will see teams of 4 to 8 people taking part in an evening exploring the unique cultures of the UK and the USA.

Tickets are £5 per person and there will be a cash bar on the night.

All money will go to the Stonehaven Flood relief fund.

Tickets can be purchased from Ma Simpson’s 26 Evans Street, or on the door on the night.

Also, Arduthie School has chosen the Stonehaven Flood Relief Fund its preferred charity for the remainder of this school session.

To raise funds for the Appeal pupils in the School will be producing artwork which will be mounted in a glass frame for an open exhibition/coffee afternoon in the gym hall. There will then be the opportunity to purchase the framed piece for £5.

The School also intends to produce an academic calendar for Session 2013/2014 to raise funds.