Two Dumfries and Galloway Best Bar None Scotland venues have teamed up with a well known community based charity to offer support to those most vulnerable in society.

The Townhead Hotel, Lockerbie, and The Jolly Harvester, Dumfries, both run by President of the Scottish Licence Trade Association, Stephen Montgomery, have teamed up with Aberlour to support vulnerable people within the local Dumfries and Galloway community.

Caron Urquhart, Alcohol and Drug Partnership Development Officer and a coordinator of Best Bar None Dumfries and Galloway, explains: “I have been following the response to the COVID-19 crisis by two of our Best Bar None venues over the past few weeks and have felt compelled to highlight the wonderful work that these premises and their dedicated staff are doing which has gone above and beyond to provide for their community members who are most in need.

“Stephen and his team have been preparing literally hundreds of home cooked meals to distribute across the vast mileage of our region, over 80-100 miles per day. The teams at both venues prepare and cook the meals and then they are packaged and delivered to home addresses in partnership with Aberlour. These meals have served those self-isolating, shielding, or in fact those who have taken unwell as a result of Covid-19. It has provided a lifeline to the elderly within the community who have no family support available, and also to those who have been affected financially through job loss and to families who have previously relied upon school meal provisions to feed their children.”

Urquhart adds: “I feel very privileged to have two such community minded venues as local Best Bar None participants. Numerous gold standard BBN awards and national award nominations stand testament to the hard work of Stephen and his team over the years and now more than ever. I think it is just amazing that venues are stepping up and playing their part in the fight against Covid-19 at a time when they face one of the biggest challenges to date within the licensed trade. It appears that it will take more than a global pandemic to stop Stephen and his troops doing what they do best!”

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