Funding boost for Ellon Men’s Shed

Ellon and District Men’s Shed has been given a major fundraising boost after receiving more than £2,500 from three sources over the festive season.

The recently-formed charity is continuing its efforts to bring a men’s shed to the town.

A productive meeting with Aberdeenshire Council in October raised hopes of a possible location for the shed, but officials admit there are still a few hurdles to overcome before premises are fully realised.

However, they are delighted with the recent boost to their funds, which has come at a crucial stage.

Chairman Charlie Forrest explained: “We are working closely with the council to get premises to operate from, however we need funds to renovate any premises we get.

“This money will go towards doing this and buying new equipment.”

Tesco Ellon donated £500 as part of their Community Fund programme.

Aberdeenshire Council leader Councillor Jim Gifford donated a third of his Christmas donation - £665 - to Ellon Men’s Shed.

Councillor Gifford, who gave the remainder of his donation to Men’s Sheds in Inverurie and Portlethen, said: “Loneliness is something which is often under-discussed by society in general but humans need social interaction.

“The Men’s Sheds provide a place to meet, have a cup of tea and chat and take part in a whole host of different activities you may already enjoy or have never tried before.”

The biggest donation to date received by the Ellon Shed was £1500 from the BAA Communities Trust based at Aberdeen International Airport.

Charlie added: “Without these donations and grants we would be unable to continue.

“We still require more and we will be continuing to fundraise during 2015.”

Ellon and District Men’s Shed hopes to open premises soon and extend a welcome to the male population of Ellon to come and use the facility.

In the meantime, people can keep up-to-date with developments relating to the charity on its website at www.ellonanddistrictmensshed.blogspot.co.uk