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The Coun­try Food Trust has de­liv­ered more than 1,000 meals of game meat to a Glas­gow-based char­ity that feeds lo­cal war vet­er­ans and re­ceived funds to help sup­port 650 vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the New­bury area of Berk­shire.

The Com­ing Home Cen­tre in Glas­gow of­fers sup­port to mil­i­tary per­son­nel in the city, help­ing them with men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing, as well as home­less­ness and un­em­ploy­ment. The cen­tre also pro­vides be­tween 700 and 1,000 meals a month to those it looks af­ter, an ini­tia­tive The Coun­try Food Trust plans to sup­port.

The trust was set up in 2016 with the aim of feed­ing those who might other­wise go hun­gry with game meat. Ear­lier this year, it an­nounced it had passed its tar­get of feed­ing 100,000 peo­ple by the end of 2017.

The trust’s first batch of pheas­ant casseroles was well re­ceived by some of the Com­ing Home Cen­tre’s vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing black labrador Lede, a for­mer IED (im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice) search dog, and Will, who was Lede’s han­dler.

The army re­united the two af­ter Will left the Bri­tish forces and Lede was re­tired from ser­vice. The cen­tre has helped Will to find a job and re­ceive on­ward health­care and food. Oth­ers like him will ben­e­fit from the game meals do­nated by The Coun­try Food Trust.

The trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Woodward said: “We set up this char­ity to feed as many of the 14m peo­ple liv­ing in poverty in the UK as we could. Per­son­ally I could not be more de­lighted to sup­port the Com­ing Home Cen­tre, an ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ity do­ing won­der­ful things for vet­er­ans in Glas­gow.

“We sup­port many char­i­ties, but there is no doubt that sup­port­ing our vet­er­ans is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to us and I hope we can con­tinue to sup­port Lede, Will and their fel­low vet­er­ans in the com­ing years.

“We have sourced meat from the coun­try­side such as pheas­ant and par­tridge, which is high in nu­tri­tional value, low in choles­terol, af­ford­able and plen­ti­ful.”

Adam Ed­wards, deputy op­er­a­tions man­ager at the Com­ing Home Cen­tre, said: “A good meal makes such a dif­fer­ence. When our vet­er­ans have been prop­erly fed, we are able to fo­cus on pro­vid­ing them with the life-chang­ing sup­port they re­quire.”

The RBSS’S four Turkey Shoots have also raised £1,000, which will help pro­vide meals for 650 peo­ple at the New­bury Soup Kitchen, close to the shoot­ing ground.

Tim Woodward from The Coun­try Food Trust was de­lighted the char­ity could help.

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