A WEST FIFE charity has received a generous donation of more than £1,200 as they prepare for the winter months.

The Children's Clothing Bank Dunfermline were given £1,225 and items of kids' clothing by the Johnston Smillie Charitable Trust last week.

Charity trustee Craig Smith told the Press: "It means a lot, we're fortunate, as a charity, not to have a lot of outgoings so the donations we get go towards our clothing parcels as well. As well as the pre-loved clothes that we get donated to us, a lot of what we spend is on new items of clothing to go in the clothing parcels.

"We also provide shoe vouchers as well so we provide the vouchers that go in the parcels when we have a request for shoes for a child. That takes up the bulk of our running costs, the running cost is around £11,000 per year at the moment so to get a donation of this level from Johnson Smillie, it means a huge amount."

With winter fast approaching and the rising cost of living, the charity is starting to see an increase in demand.

He continued: "We are getting incredibly busy at the moment and with the cost of living and other things going on, we expect to be even busier. Every penny of the money that's been donated will go towards helping local families in need over the winter months."

The donation that they received from the Johnson Smillie Charitable Trust will go towards purchasing new underwear and pyjamas for 50 children.

Craig added: "As we come into the winter months, jackets are always a big thing but also because underwear are new items that go into every parcel, we don't use pre-loved items for underwear, those are something that we are always, week to week, in need of."

At this time, the Clothing Bank has a high demand for winter jackets, pyjamas and underwear.

To donate your kids' pre-loved clothes, head along to 21 Chalmers Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and midday or on Saturdays between 2-4pm.