A WEE COUNTY group took their donations total to more than £1,500 with another donation to a worthy cause.

The Wee County Malt Whisky Society, a group of whisky lovers who get together virtually to raise money for good causes in Clacks, recently donated a cheque for £500 to Love in a Box Clackmannanshire.

With £425 raised for the Ochil Mountain Rescue Team and another £600 raised to purchase a public defibrillator for Sauchie, the group have now raised more than £1,500 for groups across the Wee County.

Love in a Box provide Christmas presents for those who can't afford them and the £500 will go towards their fundraising for presents.

Gus Rennie, who founded the group with Gordon Guthrie in November 2020, said the group are delighted to be able to support another good cause in the area.

He said: "We're really chuffed with that.

"We asked all the group members to nominate various charities or good causes within Clackmannanshire and we selected four or five and then put them up on the site as a poll."

"Again, via the quarterly tastings and the bonus draw we raised the money."

With restrictions easing over the past few months, the group are keen to meet in person with other members.

However, Gus explained the event in December will hopefully be live-streamed for members who live outside of Scotland.

Members currently reside in the north of Scotland, down in England, in Holland and one member is even in South Africa.

Asked if he was surprised by the group's reach, Gus said: "No, the whisky community is very immense.

"People all over the world are very charitable people."

As well as raising money for worthy causes in the area, Gus explained the group has also been great for helping people stay in touch and socialise over the past months.

He added: "Believe it or not we all look forward to the online tastings to catch up and have a laugh online and everyone can partake in the conversations."

Love in a Box's Sharon McCafferty was thrilled to receive the group's donation which means they're got a great head start on their fundraiser for the Christmas fundraiser.

She said: "Last year we helped 650 kids so that's 650 goody-bags. The £500 means we can go and buy 500 gift bags so we're 150 short and we've not even started yet.

"It's just massive.

"You can really see the impact, it's massive.

"We might be the Wee County but we've got the biggest hearts."