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Christmas was celebrated in the Western Isles with a home-produced alternative to turkey this year, thanks to the generosity of a Lewis estate and its links with a local church.

Ian Scarr-Hall of  Reasort Estates donated what the Church of Scotland has described as an exceptionally  generous amount of vacuum-sealed venison to the Hope and Wellbeing Hub at Uig Church of Scotland and the Oisean a Chalman/Doves Corner Baby Bank, which also runs out of the church.

Well over 150 family and single packs of venison were distributed for free to anyone in the parish facing challenges, and through the baby bank.

The children of Uig Primary School helped ensure the venison got to those who needed it by labelling each pack before they were sent out before the festivities.

Thanking Mr Scarr-Hall for his generosity, Uig minister, Rev Hugh M. Stewart, called the donation a practical expression of selflessly loving one’s neighbour as oneself as God has loved us in Jesus.

“It is also a great example of a school being at the very centre of social, practical and effective involvement with its community stakeholders for the wellbeing and blessing of their local community,” he added.

Simon Hunt from Morsgail estate with some of the venison arriving for distribution