Gala puts money back into community

The After School Club in Portlethen received a donation from Portlethen Gala
The After School Club in Portlethen received a donation from Portlethen Gala

Portlethen After School Club received funding from the Gala Committee last week, to help them deal with a dramatic increase in attendance.

The club was already dealing with 71 children, but recently had 21 extra children enrolled.

Assistant manager Lauren Martyn said: “The extra children we’ve taken on has put us up to over 90, and the resources we go through are costly. So we reached out to the Gala Committee for some money, and they have very, very kindly given us some.

“We’re mainly going to spend the money of resources for some of the older children, as we cater for ages up to 16 years, and they can sometimes get a bit bored.

“They’ve actually chosen for the money to be spent on problem solving games, which will help to enhance their learning.”

Dorothy Main of the Portlethen Gala Committee headed over to the after school club, based inside the community centre at Portlethen Academy, on Thursday, January 21, to hand over the cheque for £300.

She said: “After the annual gala we invited local groups to apply for funds with the only criteria that it is to be spent for the benefit of the community.

“We had a meeting last week, and amongst a few other applications, we approved the one from the after school club.”

The Portlethen Gala takes place every summer, and was recently taken under the umbrella of the community council, when members took it over to ensure it still went ahead back in 2014 after the charity Befriend a Child announced that they were no longer able to carry it on.

The money raised at the gala goes back into the community in the form of grants local groups can apply to the committee for.