CONGREGATIONS from the Wee County and beyond have banded together to raise funds and support a good cause in Alloa.

Last week saw a cheque for more than £2,000 handed over to The Gate following a Christmas appeal by Catholic churches in Clackmannanshire.

Alex McCluskie, a member of St Bernadette's RC Parish Pastoral Council, told the Advertiser: "Every year in the lead up to Christmas our local Catholic churches have an Advent Appeal.

"This year in the light of the increased hardship experienced by many in our local area due to the pandemic, the parishes of St Mungo's, Alloa; St Bernadette's, Tullibody; and St Serf's, High Valleyfield, came together to support The Gate Food Bank, raising the sum of £2,359.41

"Our churches have been supporters of The Gate for a number of years, providing help to the charity's activities such as the Food Bank, Start-Up Project and School Uniform Bank.

"We wish The Gate continued success in the amazing work it does in our local community and are pleased to offer the charity our continued support."

As previously highlighted, The Gate has seen unprecedented demand for its services since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jilly Guild, chief officer at The Gate, said: "We are very fortunate and grateful to receive this wonderful donation from St Bernadette's, St Serf's and St Mungo's RC Churches.

"This donation will go a long way in helping to provide meals to those in crisis in the County. We would like to send a huge thank you to the congregations."