Celebration of hope and recovery in Broch

Members of the community forum accept a cheque for the fund from Margaret Ritchie's family
Members of the community forum accept a cheque for the fund from Margaret Ritchie's family

A special event which attracted many people was held by the North Aberdeenshire Community Forum of the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) in Fraserburgh on September 3.

The forum launched its Margaret Ritchie Community Fund celebrating the life and legacy of the late Margaret Ritchie, a much respected community activist.

Wayne Gault, Aberdeenshire ADP, opened the launch by acknowledging Margaret’s achievements: “She was an inspirational woman who overcame her own battle with alcohol to go on to provide example, hope and support to many others.

“She showed how important peer example was to generating hope. Margaret was one of the first community activists promoting recovery and community involvement. It’s therefore altogether fitting that the forum name their fund the Margaret Ritchie Community Fund.”

North Aberdeenshire SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training) groups were initiated by Margaret.

People from the groups spoke about the SMART programme, sharing testimonies of their recovery journeys.

Fraserburgh ‘Kinship 4 Kids’ support group outlined how the forum fund enabled them to organise group activities for the families and children they support, who are often impacted by addiction in the family.

Donations to the Margaret Ritchie Community Fund were gratefully received from GPH Builders Merchants Ltd and from Margaret Ritchie’s family, who continue to support the work of the North Community Forum.

For more about the Margaret Ritchie Community Fund contact adpnortforum@gmail.com or Aberdeenshire ADP at 01224 558554.