Festive shoppers in Glasgow are being given the opportunity to help save a life this winter by purchasing a Christmas tree.

Scots homelessness charity, Bethany Christian Trust, is offering beautiful Nordman Firs, with all funds raised directly supporting the charity’s care shelter.

The shelter works hard to provide hot meals and a safe place to sleep for those with nowhere to go during the coldest months of the year.

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The trees are part of a unique social enterprise called Caring Christmas Trees (CCT) which has been running for 15 years.

Priced between £35 and £55, they will be available for pickup at either Bearsden Baptist Church or Mosspark Baptist Church on December 9.

They can also be snapped up in Edinburgh and Fife.

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The trees are also available for delivery in Glasgow at the end of November.

Commenting on this year’s drive, Susan Smith, project coordinator at the charity, described how she is “delighted” to see the project back on this year.

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She added: “For the past 15 years, we have been giving folk across Scotland the chance to make a purchase with purpose.

“Of course, you could buy your tree elsewhere, but with CCT, you not only get a beautiful real tree, you get to make a difference in someone’s life.”

More information about CCT can be found at caringchristmastrees.com where orders can also be placed now.

The move comes on the day charity Shelter Scotland launched a public appeal for help to alleviate the homelessness “crisis” gripping the nation this winter.

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Shelter Scotland said new analysis indicates the number of people recorded as homeless across Britain has reached 307,000.

In Scotland, official figures show 28,297 households were assessed as homeless last year and at any one time there were 10,873 households in temporary accommodation.

The charity said an estimated 5,000 people sleep rough on Scotland’s streets throughout the year and has launched an urgent appeal.

Alison Watson, deputy director, said the number of homeless people is “shocking.”