Glasgow's Irn-Bru carnival has given a major number of tickets to local charities this year. 

Taking place at the SEC in the city's West End, the carnival handed out 1,000 tickets to allow 70 local charities to attend the carnival's opening day on December 22. 

Those benefiting from the free tickets include Cosgrove Care, which provides care for those with additional needs, SWAN UK which offers support to families affected by syndromes which are so rare they do not have a name, and Calums Cabin, which gives children with cancer and their families a holiday home to make memories. 

In addition, volunteers from the event’s charity partner, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, will be at the carnival to raise money for the charity’s various projects, including the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

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Margaret Cowan, Irn-Bru Carnival group operations manager said: “Every year we invite numerous charities to apply for free tickets, and once again the applications we received were from outstanding organisations which do amazing work for people across Glasgow and Scotland.

"We were blown away by the generosity of spirit and time which these groups provide to those accessing them, so decided to double the number of free tickets from 500 as we wanted as many of our applicants to enjoy a festive night out with us at IRN-BRU Carinal as possible.

“We look forward to seeing the happy faces of each and every person who will get a free ticket to our opening night, they deserve it more than anything."

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Louise Fish, Ceo of Genetic Alliance UK, which runs SWAN UK, thanked organisers saying: “SWAN UK is the only dedicated support network for families who have a child with a genetic condition so rare it cannot be diagnosed.

"Many parents and guardians of undiagnosed children are also their child’s full-time carer, and an opportunity to attend a fun whole-family event like The IRN-BRU Carnival is rare.

"We send a huge thank you to organisers for making it possible for three SWAN UK families in Scotland to attend this Christmas.”

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A spokesperson from Calums Cabin added: “We are truly grateful. These tickets will hopefully let 2 families affected by childhood cancer make some lovely memories, when they need it the most. We can’t thank you enough."

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The IRN-BRU Carnival will run until Sunday, January 14 and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Standard entry tickets start from £18.50 with discounts available for groups, concessions and Young Scot card holders. Kids under three go free.

Tickets are available online now and can be purchased HERE