Charitable chiels celebrate ‘Best of Marr’ accolade

Ballater Charitable Chiels representative Graeme Handsley with their award joined by Councillor Moira Ingleby and a representative from Award sponsors Findel Education, Scott Rapson
Ballater Charitable Chiels representative Graeme Handsley with their award joined by Councillor Moira Ingleby and a representative from Award sponsors Findel Education, Scott Rapson

A leading Deeside fundraising group has won an award for helping flood victims.

Ballater Charitable Chiels were ‘Best of Marr’ in the Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards organised by the council.

The Chiels were recognised for their charitable work in the area and the help they provided to people to recover from the devastating flooding at the end of last year.

They received their accolade at a ceremony at Haddo House on Friday night.

Spokesman Scott Fraser said later: “It’s fantastic to receive something like this.

“We are not a group that looks for recognition but when it comes along it’s very welcome.”

The Outstanding Leader went to Shelley Milne, who set up and maintained Hope Floats Deeside, a community action Facebook page which was of great assistance during the flooding that affected many parts of Aberdeenshire at the end of December and beginning of January.

Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal said: “We’ve all been impressed by the stories we’ve heard of kind-hearted people who work tirelessly to support others, from young people raising money for causes close to their hearts to those who helped communities during the floods.”