Boost aquarium by casting your vote

The starfish seating area at Macduff Marine Aquarium which has been funded through the Tesco scheme.
The starfish seating area at Macduff Marine Aquarium which has been funded through the Tesco scheme.

Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium (FOMMA), has been awarded £8,000 from the Bags of Help grant scheme run by Tesco.

The group put forward an application to provide some outdoor activity equipment, including a shark play sculpture, an octopus for wee ones to clamber on and a toddler seating unit in the shape of a starfish.

It also included a wall-mounted panel and an interpretive outdoor display in the application.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We think these will add to the overall visitor experience at the Aquarium and provide something especially for younger visitors.

“We hope they will allow families, groups and other visitors to stay longer, spend more time in the Aquarium and thereby encourage additional trade in local shops and restaurants.

“Our aim is to involve the local schools in the project over the next few months.

“We are really delighted that we have been successful and awarded a grant of at least £8000!

“Depending on the outcome of a public vote we may receive additional funding enabling us to extend what we are doing.”

Voting will be open in-store in the Fraserburgh, Banff, Turriff and Huntly branches of Tesco until Sunday, March 6, and everyone is being encouraged to take part.

“We ask that as many people as possible show their support by voting for our project,” said the spokesperson.

“There has already been a great response on social media to the project, with lots of likes, positive comments and sharing.

“If you use Facebook, Twitter or any other form of social media please pass the message on to your family, friends and work colleagues.

“Every vote counts!”

The Bags of Help scheme is funded through the sale of 5p carrier bags in-store.

Monies raised will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities across the country.

More information about the Bags of Help project by Tesco can be found at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp and www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme.