GENEROUS people from around the Wee County have donated nearly seven tonnes of goods to a local foodbank over Christmas.

The Gate charity this week gave thanks to all who contributed, foodbank co-ordinator Adrienne Hilton explaining this amounts to around a quarter to a third of the charity's annual intake.

She said: "We are really grateful for the continued support and generosity of the local community."

In December, around 200 food parcels were given out to local people along with another around 75 support packs for families.

Looking at the whole year, it is estimated there has been an about 15 per cent increase in the use of the foodbank so donations thought the year will be essential.

Around 500 advent calendars were also distributed during the festive period along with sweets for hundreds more with the help of partner agencies.

The charity, which runs a foodbank but also much more from its Alloa base, is now looking forward to 2020 and to the continued work in the community.

The Gate originally started as a soup pot, this is still going strong for those who need a meal, head along Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12noon and 1pm.

The Recovery Café supporting people in their abstention journey is on Mondays from 4pm.

People can also visit the Community Café on Fridays between 12noon and 2pm.

The charity also offers starter packs for those who are moving from homeless accommodation into a first tenancy.

In recent years, The Gate has also been running a school uniform bank, on offer were not just for blazers and trousers but most of the items needed to start the academic year and it is anticipated that will also return.

Adrienne added the ongoing work would not be possible without the generous support of the local community, whether that be individuals, businesses, various clubs and groups.