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Arnold Clark's deer donation.

Byline: Maggie Barry m.barry@roadrecord.co.uk

CAR dealers Arnold Clark have sprinkled a little magic Christmas dust over Santa's reindeer.

The company have donated a seasonal PS1000 to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre to help support the herd and their keepers at their busiest time of year.

The money will make sure the reindeer and their keepers are all in good health to meet all the girls and boys desperate to see them.

Fiona Smith, one of herders at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, said: "This donation could not have come at a better time as we are preparing for the Christmas holiday, which is our busiest time of the year.

"The sum Arnold Clark kindly donated will go towards waterproof jackets for the herders, food for the reindeer and will cover vet bills.

"We are delighted that the company has shown genuine interest in our work and the reindeer, and we thank them."

The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre was established in 1952 by Mikel Utsi and his wife Dr Ethel Lindgren. Due to climate change, the Cairngorms is the only place in the UK where the reindeer can live comfortably.

Now the centre is run by the Smith family and their herders, who take care of the reindeer all year round.

Eddie Hawthorne, Arnold Clark group managing director, said: "The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre is a unique place in Britain and is treasured by not only the local community but families from all over the world.

"We think it is vital to provide support to the herders, who tirelessly care for the reindeer, so that they can continue to welcome the many visitors to the centre. As a family business we are proud to be part of something that makes Christmas so special."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 20, 2015
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