Overwhelming support for Gift Tree

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Organisers of the 2015 Peterhead and Fraserburgh Gift Tree Appeal have thanked all those who have donated items across Central Buchan.

With bagging sessions being undertaken all last week to meet the referral process, appeal co-ordinators have spoken of the hugely-generous support the appeal has received from residents, businesses, schools and churches alike.

Donations from ASCO

Donations from ASCO

From MACBI at Mintlaw to Peterhead Community Centre, Shell and Total at St Fergus to SSE and Subway, there has been a strong community spirit to bring some festive cheer to local families and individuals across Buchan who a little bit of extra support this Christmas.

A number of local firms have been especially supportive financially to bolster both elements of the Gift Tree Appeal.

Staff at JBS Engineering organised a major food drive over recent weeks, with management donating a further £500 to the Gift Tree cause.

Apache North Sea also made a £500 donation together with a host of hampers for those families most in need at this time of year.

Donations from Morrisons Peterhead

Donations from Morrisons Peterhead

ASCO staff have been very supportive of the gift appeal this year – amassing hundreds of gifts from its various operations, while Morrisons in Peterhead has seen massive donations from its customers to the appeal, which has been co-ordinated in-store by community champion Sheena Irvine.

The Wee Wacky Wednesdays club had to close in July once its young members moved up to nursery. Lucas Allen (4) presented their remaining funds to Ken Duncan, and St. Fergus pupils collected 193 tins of food for the hamper appeal.

There have also been donations of £200 from Independent Oilfield Services, £235 from the Living Waters Church and a very generous £95 from a former children’s group in town.

Ken Duncan of Peterhead Projects’ Here for You Partnership said: “On behalf of all those involved with the Gift Tree Appeal, I would like to thank each and every person who has donated gifts, food items or cash to the initiative.

“The generosity of Buchan folk has been truly overwhelming and I know it will make a big difference to hundreds of individuals and families this Christmas.”

To-date the following businesses have donated financially to the appeal:

Peterhead Port Authority £250, Howden £500, Total £250, Northern Platforms £100, Gray and Adams £250, SSE £250, Stewart & Watson £20, JBS Engineering £500, Apache North Sea £500, Living Waters Church £235, Independent Oilfield Services £200, Wee Wacky Wednesdays £95, anonymous £100.