A COMPANY working in the area made a large donation of sports equipment to the Loft Youth Project in Keith.
Omexom Morgan Sindall Infrastructure (OMSI), who is currently working on a nearby aerial transmission upgrade project on behalf of SSEN, donated badminton and tennis rackets, balls and a net, as well that a gazebo, a game of boccia and frisbees in the project.
OMSI allowed the group to choose the equipment they wanted, with the young leaders choosing what they thought would be of most interest to users of the facility.
Sharon Duncan, project manager at the Loft Youth Project, was grateful for the surprise donation.
She said: “It’s amazing to come out of nowhere.
“We depend on funding, so being offered this equipment is a tremendous boost and it really shows how recognized we are in the community.
“We were given a kit worth £ 500 and we let our young leaders decide what they wanted – we are run by very young people.
“The net is portable, so we can use it, along with the equipment, at the park and play tennis on Keith’s courts.
“We can use the gazebo for playing outside even in bad weather, or we can use it in the garden for barbecues.
“OMSI came to set things up, talked and played with the young people – so they bonded with us and gave us material.
OMSI Construction Manager John McGavin expressed OMSI’s desire to help the local community.
He said: “It is important that we give back to the local community and The Loft is a fantastic project that provides great services to the youth in the community.
“We are delighted that we were able to give them some support.”