GFG firms dole out free festive food to Lochaber’s most vulnerable

The new Jahama Highland Estates venison retail outlet. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F51 Jahama Vension 09
The new Jahama Highland Estates venison retail outlet. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F51 Jahama Vension 09

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GFG Alliance’s Jahama Highland Estates and Alvance British Aluminium are pitching in to local efforts this Christmas to prevent Lochaber’s most vulnerable residents from going hungry.

Jahama is donating some of the venison products from its recently opened shop in Fort William to Kinlochleven and Laggan community groups to distribute among elderly residents and other vulnerable people ahead of the festive period.

The company, which oversees more than 114,000 acres across Lochaber, recently opened a wild venison shop to promote sustainable, affordable and locally-produced meat for the area.

Jahama Highland Estates’ Community Liaison Manager Jonathan Hart said despite the challenges thrown at the business this year, it was proud to have made progress on initiatives that are reconnecting the local population with the land resources around them.

‘Our local venison enterprise is one such initiative and we hope these donations will offer some comfort to those in Kinlochleven and Laggan that might be alone and vulnerable this Christmas,’ Mr Hart told the Lochaber Times.

‘We are grateful for the support and positive engagement from all our local communities this year and plan to donate produce to other community trusts in due course.’

Laggan’s Community Council, church and Forest Trust will distribute the venison in the days leading up to Christmas while Kinlochleven Community Trust shared the products with local residents last week.

In addition, Alvance is working in partnership with the local Morrisons supermarket to purchase fresh produce for Fort William’s Lochaber Foodbank while employees of the smelter have also collaborated to donate food of their own.

Alvance has also made donations to a local charity and community group, helping to ensure deprived children in the area receive gift vouchers, toys and Christmas Eve boxes to make it a Christmas they remember.

Alvance’s British Aluminium Managing Director Tom Uppington said: ‘As a major employer in the area, we realise what a tough year it has been for everyone, so we were keen to contribute to the widespread community effort to ensure those in greatest need are not left behind this Christmas.’