A Strichen community group have been awarded thousands of pounds by a supermarket giant as part of a grant giving scheme.
Strichen Gala Committee were given a £2,000 cheque from Asda Fraserburgh as part of their giveaways from the 5p carrier bag charge.
Presented by local MP Alex Salmond, the money will be used to contribute towards a brand new heating system at Ritchie Hall in the village which is regularly used by the community.
Stuart Craib, Chairperson at Strichen Gala Committee, told of his surprise at receiving the funding.
He said: “The committee and the members in the club were over the moon.
“We just want to be able to provide an inclusive and safe environment for families and members of the community to socialise and have fun.”
Edy Young, Store Manager at Asda Fraserburgh, commented: “At Asda we want to ensure that the funds raised from the carrier bag charge benefit projects and good causes that matter most to our local community.
“Ritchie Hall is a very deserving beneficiary and I’m delighted to present this cheque to the Strichen Gala Committee.”
Ritchie Hall has been running for over 30 years and is used by a host of different organisations in Strichen.
The village hall is used by mother and toddler groups, youth and senior football teams, bowling and badminton team and groups such as the Women’s Institute and Slimming World.
It also plays host to dances, festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Local MP, Alex Salmond, said: “Paying five pence for a carrier bag has become a part of Scottish shopping, and the funding which will open Ritchie Hall to everyone in Strichen proves that the initiative has many benefits.
“The continued efforts of the Strichen Gala Commitee to secure this funding have ensured that Asda’s initiative will have a direct and positive impact on the local community.
He added: “I’m delighted to see that the hard work of the Committee will benefit the entire village.”
Thanking the supermarket giant,Mr Craib said: “We all look forward to the improvements that this funding will enable us to achieve.”
Asda works with Foundation Scotland to distribute part of the proceeds of the carrier bag charge through community grants of up to £2,000 for local projects .
To ensure the grants are locally relevant, a regional selection panel comprised of Asda staff help select the projects to benefit.