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Queen chips in to help the needy.

THE Queen's Balmoral estate are to donate logs and vegetables to needy people in nearby communities over the festive season.

Pheasant and game from other Deeside estates will be delivered in care packages for up to 40 families as part of a support scheme helping the vulnerable in rural areas.

Councillors have teamed up with gamekeepers, estate owners, charities and volunteers to supply food and fuel to those hit the hardest over the winter.

Aberdeen.shire councillor. Geva Blackett said: "It may not always be so high profile but rural poverty is an issue of concern. People maybe sitting at the top of remote glens and folk maybe unaware about their concerns or what is going on with them.

"Some may be finding it hard to heat their houses, let alone have the means to cook and eat quality fresh food."

Social services, the c" Citizens' Advice Bureau andcharities helped identify those who would benefit most from thecare packages. It is hoped they will provide enough food for at least two meals.

Blackett added: "It would be nice to think it could maybe make a small difference to an individual or a family in the festive season.

"When we got in touch with the estates there was no hesitation whatsoever, they said immediately they were happy to help."

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