Santa pays a special visit to Ballater

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An Aberdeen based charity organisation recently organised a disco for the children with a special guest appearance from Santa himself.

Following the destruction of the recent flooding members of Aberdeen Bike Night pulled together for a toy appeal for kids who had lost their Christmas presents during the disaster.

The group raised in the region of £3000 to £4000 worth of toys and decided to throw a special disco at The Victoria Hall in Ballater to have Santa deliver the gifts.

Around 60 children showed up for the party with a bouncy castle, magician and disco among other things.

Each child was given a gift with their name on it as the dance the day away with Spiderman, Bat Girl, Superman and King Bob among others.

Shaun McCard of Aberdeen Bike Night, wanted to thank everyone who made the event possible.

He said: “At first our aim was to get one gift for each child in Ballater.

“However, the appeal took off and we’ve ended up with enough toys to give them 20 gifts each so we will be looking to deliver the rest of the toys to children in other effected areas such as Inverurie.

“We couldn’t have possibly done this without the help of Asda Garthdee in Aberdeen.

“Smyths, Toys R’ Us and Northsound also made sizable donations but a special thanks goes out to the manageress of the Bon Accord centre toy shop in Aberdeen who, after hearing the story of one of the children, went out and bought a large remote controlled fire truck for him out of her own pocket.

“We also want to mention Brothers in Arms who have been involved in everything we have done.

“Ballater was where I grew up and the new of the flooding really hit home with me so when we came here to offer our support they told us what we could do and where we could go to help.

“They’ve been helping out in Ballater since day one including up at the barracks.”

Next up for the group will be their North Coast 500 Run for Cystic Fibrosis while a sponsored walk is also on the cards to raise money for the repair of the Victoria Hall Roof after it was kindly given to them for the disco free of charge.