A different kind of Game for Christmas

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Just before Christmas the Upper Deeside community came together in an effort to help vulnerable people by packing ‘Goodie Bags’.

The bags included pheasants and venison from Glendye estate, pheasants from Tillypronie estate, fresh vegetables from the Queen’s garden at Balmoral and logs from the estate.

Tesco in Banchory contributed crackers, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, mince pies, and napkins.

Pets were not forgotten either with packs of dog and cat food also being included in the bags.

The event was sponsored by Strutt & Parker in Banchory who gave smart hessian bags and lent two staff members to help pack and distribute them.

Cllr Geva Blackett, who has pulled the initiative together for the past two years, said she was happy to see people giving up their time.

She said: “ It was great that not only are estates and other businesses so generous with their donations but local people give up their time to come and help sort and pack the bags.

“Game is such a healthy food and I hope this gives people an opportunity to try it”.

Another family decided not to send Christmas cards and bought chocolate selection boxes so that the children weren’t forgotten.