Moray village community organise aid effort for flood victims

Ballater devastated by flooding - now Moray community seek to help
Ballater devastated by flooding – now Moray community seek to help (Facebook)

A MORAY COMMUNITY are taking action to help victims of the recent flooding in Aberdeenshire – and calling on help with a specific ‘shopping list’ of items.

Villagers at Findochty are working with staff, parents and pupils at the local primary school to help the flood victims of Ballater and its surrounding communities.

Fundraising got under way on Deeside shortly after Storm Frank wreaked havoc on the community, with people from throughout the world making contributions to an online crowdfunding effort that had an initial target of £3000 when it was set up on Sunday – but very quickly reached over £9000.

Homes and businesses in Ballater have been completely destroyed – with even the local fire station, from which initial emergency help was called, ending up under flood water.

Now Findochty is seeking to help with an online statement issued last night saying: “The community of Findochty and Findochty Primary School are working together to help the flood victims of Ballater and the surrounding communities.

“We are looking for the following items to deliver to the flood hit victims who are desperate need of help. The school will take any donations up until Friday and these will be delivered to those in need. Thank you for any help from one community to another.”

The ‘shopping list’ of items sought by the community are:

Grocery items

Pot Noodles, Instant Hot Pots
Cereal Bars
Fresh Veg and Fresh Fruit
Sugar, Tins of Custard
Freezer Bags, Tin, Fruit Juice Cartons, Water, Dried


Deodorant – men and women
Shower gel, Bars of Soap,
Shampoo, Conditioner
Razors – men and women,
Toothpaste, toothbrushes


Baby milk powder
Baby wash kit


Men’s Clothing,
Men’s Boots
New Underwear

Items collected at the school will be delivered to Deveron FM and then taken on to the Barracks at Ballater to be distributed to the local community.