A club for young footballers in Kintore has thanked a local company after bosses stepped in to replace a stolen lawnmower.
Kintore United Football Club was devastated when the machine was taken from the pitch at Midmill on Sunday, February 12.
Officials issued an appeal last week to identify those responsible for the theft, and to try and raise funds to buy another mower.
Inverurie Garden and Machinery Centre has now offered the club a replacement at a signficantly reduced price.
KUFC secretary Craig Duguid said: “We rely on fundraising to finance the club which means that every penny really does count.
“When we discovered our lawnmower had been stolen, everyone was understandably angry and upset given how close-knit the community is.
“We rely on it to care for our pitch and can’t do without it. To make matters worse it was purchased with funds raised through a football festival organised back in 2015, which meant all our hard work had gone to waste.
Following the plea, the club received many offers of help, including a landscaping company willing to cut the grass until the arrival of a new machine.
Mr Duguid added: “It’s really fantastic to receive this support and it’s very much appreciated.
“We have also been approached by the Inverurie Garden and Machinery Centre offering us a new ride-on lawnmower at a significantly reduced price.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to sincerely thank them for this very generous offer which we have accepted and will ensure that we are up and running for Spring.”
Hugh Robertson, garden centre director, said: “When we saw the appeal from Kintore United Football Club following the theft, we were shocked that someone could stoop so low.
“As a local company we know how much the club means to so many people and wanted to help out.
“Hopefully this new piece of equipment will serve the club well for many years to come.”
The club provides facilities for nearly 200 boys and girls aged between five and 17.