KIDS in the Wee County were treated to a visit from Santa in a local initiative that raised thousands of pounds for a good cause.

Organised by Barry MacPherson, Darren Douglas and Iain Taylor, the idea for the Santa Float started in Menstrie in 2020.

The men organised the event to give the kids in the area something to look forward to after the misery caused by the pandemic.

Last year's event was such a huge success the men knew they had no other option than to roll it out again this Christmas.

Barry said: "As so many people were offering donations last year we decided it would be a great opportunity to raise money for some local worthy charities.

"We picked Home Start Clackmannanshire as they do lots of fantastic work for families in need of assistance which is all the more important at this time of year."

This year's event also raised money for Parklands Care Home in Alloa.

The Santa Float, organised once again by parents and community groups and funded with local business support, travelled to Alloa, Sauchie, Tullibody, Alva, Tillicoultry and Menstrie.

More than £1,500 was raised for the Wee County good causes.

Shelley Bowman, chief executive officer at Home Start Clackmannanshire, said the donation will bring 'a bit of magic' to children in the Wee County.

She said: "Absolutely delighted to receive this wonderful donation towards our Christmas Appeal.

"Donations like these are very special in that local people have rallied round and brought a bit of magic and sparkle to children's lives with their Santa Float, as well as helping families in need who are supported by Home-Start.

"Funds have helped us provide toys to children as well as a Food Parcel to each family.

"From everyone at Home-Start, a very massive thank you to everyone involved."

Barry and all involved would like to thank Central Joinery Services, AHC Tool Hire, Ochil Training, Steven Hunter Electrical Services and Planet BDK Perth.