The organisation behind one of the most famous Highland gatherings has donated £10,000 to flood victims in Deeside.
The Braemar Royal Highland Society was prompted into action after seeing the devastating aftermath of Storm Frank.
Braemar itself was completely cut off to the outside world when the storm hit on December 30, and were left without power or access in or out of the village due to the collapse of the Invercauld Bridge.
However nearby Ballater was the worst affected community in Deeside, where hundreds of homes and businesses were hit by the floods.
Following a committee meeting, the Braemar Gathering’s organisers agreed to hand £10,000 to the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation, which will forward the funds on to local flood victims.
Secretary of the society, Jim Wood, said: “We are a charitable organisation and during the course of the year we make donations to various charities and efforts across Deeside.
“£10,000 is obviously more than we would normally donate, but it was just with the devastation we’d seen around Ballater.
We felt it was significant to help get Ballater back on its feet.
“Everyone knows someone affected. The games themselves, they are a part of the local community, the local heritage.”
In the weeks that followed the storm the rivers Don, Ury and Ythan also overflowed, forcing residents in Inverurie, Kintore,
Ellon and Kemnay out of their homes – with some 600 homes and 100 businesses hit by flooding.