Special needs village receives donation from local shop

AN Aberdeen village offering residence and support to adults with special needs has received a £500 donation from a local convenience store.

Newton Dee, located in Bieldside, received the donation from a local branch of Scotmid Co-operative via money raised through carrier bag sales within the store. Scotmid had selected Newton Dee as its chosen charity to receive the bag donations earlier this year.

Newton Dee is a registered charity that offers supervised accommodation and independence to adults with special and complex needs, and the village is home to almost 200 residents and co-workers. The money received will be put into a special fund that goes directly back to the residents, assisting with supplementary needs such as travel.

Colin Haldane, a senior co-worker at Newton Dee, said: “We are extremely grateful to Scotmid for choosing us as their charity and for making this generous donation. This money will be a great help to the residents of Newton Dee.”

Last year, North-east Scotmid stores introduced a 2p charge for carrier bags, with all profits being pledged to charity. The Bieldside shop selected Newton Dee due to the local connection, as many of the village’s residents are regular shoppers at the store.

Aaron Cullen, store manager of Bieldside Scotmid, said: “We are delighted to give the money raised to Newton Dee, because we feel it is a fantastic local cause worthy of donation. We were happy to get involved and give back to our community.”

Most of the Newton Dee residents work on-site. The village’s coffee and gift shop, grocery store and bakery are open to the public.

Issued by Frasermedia Ltd on behalf of Newton Dee.

Contact: Rachel Kelly

Email: rachel@frasermedia.co.uk
Website: http://www.newtondee.co.uk