Staff at a Glasgow primary school have traded in gifts for toy donations as they aim to give as many children as possible a present on Christmas Day.

Teachers and support staff at Pollokshields Primary School took the decision not to get each other presents this year and instead, donate items or cash that will go to helping others have a present on Christmas day.

The move was done by the teachers at the Southside school to try and combat the cost of living crisis that many families are suffering.

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This is why the school took part in the Glasgow Times' Bank on Us campaign which is looking to help families accessing food banks over the festive period.

We are also collecting funds for our toy appeal which will help struggling families provide a child with a toy this Christmas. You can donate HERE 

The collection was done solely by the teachers at the school with pupils not asked to get involved. 

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Michelle Smith, headteacher at the school, said: "We took the decision to not buy each other gifts this year as we wanted to do our part.

"All the staff here at Pollokshields Primary chipped in with donations whether that was through toy or money donations.

"No gift was too big or too small to get. It was important to us to help families in our community and across Glasgow that may be struggling."

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The headteacher also confirmed that they had gathered two table loads of items that were "jam-packed" that would go to good use.

Money that was donated allowed Lewis Pollock, a class teacher at the school, and Leighanne Haq, a clerical assistant, to go and buy toys to add to the collection. 

Michelle praised the work both Lewis and Leighanne did as she said it was down to the two staff members who allowed it to run as smoothly as it did.

She said: "Both Lewis and Leighanne were terrific at gathering everything and it was down to them for keeping getting on at everyone.

"During the Christmas period it can be stressful and things can be forgotten so to have these two keep this at the forefront of the mind really helped us gather as much as we did.

"We hope that these items help give someone a good Christmas this year and we are happy to have helped in any way we did."