A children’s charity targeted by vandals was handed a surprise donation by Dundee City Council during its grand opening ceremony.
Spectrum, based at Mains Halls on Claverhouse Road, was presented with a £500 cheque by Lord Provost Ian Borthwick.
The donation came after the Tele reported on the “mindless” damage wreaked by vandals over the festive break.
Staff at the autism youth charity returned from the holidays to find £400 of toys and equipment fire-damaged beyond repair.
Mr Borthwick said: “The work Spectrum do here is invaluable for the children and for their families, and as a council we have to show support to services that need it.
“I am most impressed with what I’ve been shown today.”
The grand opening was a cause for celebration, as it officially marked Mains Halls becoming Spectrum’s permanent home.
The group has been based at the halls for 12 years, but its future had been cast into doubt when the Church of Scotland put the halls up for sale.
The charity bought the halls outright thanks to a donation from the late Margaret Craig, from Glasgow.
Margaret and her husband John have a grandson who had attended Spectrum – so when Margaret left a “substantial” sum in her will to support autism charities, John couldn’t think of a more deserving beneficiary.
John was present to unveil a plaque commemorating the grand opening and Margaret’s donation.
The halls will also be renamed Craig Halls in their honour.
John said: “It’s very good to be here today. After my wife died I wanted to do something special with the money she had left, something really suitable.
“We had a grandson that attended here about 12 years ago so it was a very worthwhile cause.
“It has been very warming to see the number of businesses and people who have contributed to help in any way they can.”