Two LGBT+ charities are reeling after floods caused thousands of pounds of damage to offices in Aberdeen and Fife.
Four Pillars and Pink Saltire both discovered flooding yesterday after a night of sustained heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Scotland.
In Aberdeen, severe flooding affected the region’s leading LGBT+ charity just as they take on a new premises at Regent Quay, with images shared on social media showing damage to the office roof, desks, floors and standing water in the basement.
The charity had only just taken over the new premises after months of uncertainty at their previous hub, where the operators of Aberdeen Market were put into liquidation. The market is set for demolition in an ambitious city centre building plan.
Charity Founder, Deejay Bullock, said they had been “extremely lucky compared to some around the city” as the water receded earlier today and the full extent of the damage was known.
Meanwhile in Fife, where a Major Incident was declared by emergency services due to conditions in the region on Wednesday, Pink Saltire’s new LGBT Hub was also badly damaged by heavy rain.
Desks, chairs, computer equipment, printers and files were all damaged, with costs expected to run to at least £6,000.
The new centre in Kirkcaldy, which has not yet opened to the public, will be a base for the charity’s work, including its COVID hardship relief programme.
Stuart Duffy, Pink Saltire’s Founder, said:
“This is just devastating news for our charity after taking the keys for our new Hub just 2 weeks ago. The mess and the smell was overwhelming when we arrived and the water has destroyed equipment, but luckily everything is replaceable – our archive, exhibition material and stock were all saved.”
“The response from locals was great though, we had offers of help all day to get things cleaned up so we cannot thank community members enough – it’s incredible to see folk stepping forward and we really appreciate it.”
“We now have to start the process of working with the landlord to make the place watertight again and of course the insurers are involved, so hopefully we’ll be back on our feet soon.”
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