Chief executive splits Christmas donation

Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive, Colin Mackenzie, has chosen to split his Christmas donation between two north-east charities, Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and Strathbogie’s Riding for the Disabled.

The Chief Executive will present each charity with a donation of £1,000 in the New Year.

Kayleigh’s Wee Stars is a charity set up to help families whose children have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The charity aims to help parents and families with financial pressure but also tries to help build positive and happy memories in the final months with their child.

The charity operates throughout Aberdeenshire from the headquarters in Oldmeldrum and relies on donations to run its important operations.

Riding for the Disabled in Strathbogie is a charity which provides therapy for children and adults with disabilities. The activities provide a therapeutic atmosphere and sense of achievement and enjoyment for those involved.

Riding for the Disabled has been carrying out this life-changing work for over 40 years all over the UK, for all age groups, and relies on voluntary help and donations to run its activities.

The Council Leader, Councillor Jim Gifford, and Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster are also making £2,000 donations to the charity of their choice.

Colin Mackenzie said: “Aberdeenshire has many wonderful charities and this year I have chosen to split my donation between two very important and meaningful organisations. Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and Strathbogie’s Riding for the Disabled provide invaluable support to their service users and I am honoured to be able to donate to ensure their life-changing work is continued.”