The Upper Deeside moorland community came together to pack 'goodie' bags for vulnerable people during the cold winter months.
The bags included pheasants and venison from estates including nearby Tillypronie, 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, napkins and pets were not forgotten either with packs of dog and cat food included.
Another local family decided not to send Christmas cards and bought chocolate selection boxes for the goodie bags instead so that the children got an extra treat too.
The festive event was kindly sponsored by estate agents Strutt & Parker in Banchory who gave smart hessian bags and lent two staff members to help pack and distribute the goodies.
Councillor Geva Blackett, who has pulled the initiative together for the past two years, said: "It’s 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 also such a healthy food and I hope this gives more people an opportunity to try it.”
The gamekeepers and shooting syndicates assisting the project are part of the Grampian Moorland group. Speaking on behalf of the Grampian Moorland Group, co-ordinator Lianne MacLennan said: “Gamekeepers are some of the few people who work every day in remote areas and so they well understand the issues facing fragile communities and are delighted to again be helping this initiative that pulls people together."
Image below courtesy of Stevie Rennie Photography.