>> 21 June 2016
The Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards ceremony organised by Aberdeenshire Council took place at Haddo House near Ellon on Friday to celebrate the work of people in the area who support their communities.
The annual event is in its fourth year and recognises the achievements of residents and staff and is attended by councillors, officers and volunteers with local performers also taking to the stage.
The winners, which were selected from over 160 nominations, include people who provided community information and support during flooding in the area at the start of the year and a pupil who raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity inspired by his brother who is undergoing treatment.
Ethan Turnbull, a pupil at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven who was awarded the Pupil Voice award, has raised over £10,000 for Clic Sargent, as his little brother is undergoing cancer treatment.
Shelley Milne collected the Outstanding Leader award after setting up and maintaining Hope Floats Deeside, a community action Facebook page of great assistance during flooding that affected most of Aberdeenshire at the end of December 2015 and beginning of 2016.
The Ballater Charitable Chiels won the ‘Best of Marr’ award for the charitable work the group does in the area and also the help members of the group provided to people to recover from the flooding.
The finalists of the new Doric Award, open specifically for people promoting and celebrating the local language, were also honoured with Inverallochy School taking the top spot.
Commenting on the evening, Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal said:
“We’ve all been inspired by the stories we’ve heard of kind-hearted people who work tirelessly to support others, from young people raising money for causes close to their hearts to those who helped communities during the floods in Aberdeenshire in December and January – all of the winners make Aberdeenshire the great place it is.”
Council Co-Leader Councillor Richard Thomson, who presented the Young Leader award, said:
Council Co-Leader, Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, added: