An Easterhouse charity's annual toy appeal at Glasgow Fort has received a record number of donations this year.

FARE Scotland, a charity focusing on improving the lives of disadvantaged locals, revealed that they collected 3,972 individual gifts, 2,975 selection boxes, and 125 vouchers.

In addition to this, the charity also produced 400 food hampers.

FARE collected gifts of various sizes and values, and their volunteers were able to deliver them to families across Glasgow in time for Christmas.

Stefanie Hampson, from FARE Scotland, said: "Our partnership with Glasgow Fort is such an important part of our mission to bring joy to children across the city.

"It's our ambition to make sure that every child we support has a Christmas they deserve."

The donations, according to Ms Hampson, were fundamental in helping the charity realise this aim.

She added: "We were absolutely blown away by the contributions from the Glasgow community.

"It meant we could give Christmas gifts to more than 3,000 children, which was particularly heart-warming at a time that we know was very challenging for many."

For the third consecutive year, Glasgow Fort backed FARE's toy appeal.

Phil Goodman, the centre director, said: "2023 marked the centre’s third year supporting FARE’s toy appeal and it has been our best yet.

"We're extremely proud to assist the initiative and are thankful that so many of our visitors and colleagues helped to ensure as many children as possible had a gift to open."

Glasgow Fort’s backing for FARE extends to delivering multiple training programmes throughout the year, offering work experience opportunities, and hosting regular job fairs.