Bringing back Christmas

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A charity group of bikers based in Aberdeen are aiming to bring back Christmas after collecting toys for the children of Ballater.

Aberdeen Bike Night arranged for shoppers at Garthdee Asda in the city to be able to make donations of toys to their appeal. The aim of the group was to get one toy for each child in Ballater following the collection on January 7.

At the end of the day £600 worth of toys were collected from the Asda appeal alone with a further £200 on top and more expected from other retailers.

Aberdeen Bike Night member Shaun McCard, whose home town is Ballater, said they really wanted to do something for the children in the village.

“I had been speaking to a few parents in Ballater who told me about their children whose toys were destroyed during the flooding.

“At first we wanted to get one toy for each child but the appeal blew up really quickly.

“People are trying to keep their spirits high and we just wanted to do something for the kids.

“We first contacted Asda to ask if they would donate some toys which they were happy to do, we then organised to do the collection in the Garthdee store which Greig and Lisa did.

“We’re now looking to organise a disco in Ballater for the children where Santa will hand out the toys - we’re hoping to be able to do this on Sunday (January 17).”

Aberdeen Bike Night is made up of six members: Shaun and Emma Louise McCard, Lisa Barron, Greig Morrice, Sarah Wardrope and Jim Fyfe.