HUNDREDS of struggling families in Inverclyde will no longer go hungry thanks to a huge charity effort.

Inverclyde Childminding Network showed support for Inverclyde Foodbank by organising free soft play sessions in exchange for a donation to the cause.

Parents and children across Inverclyde signed up and helped make a big difference in their local area.

Their donations are timely, after the Tele recently revealed a 126 per cent surge in the number of people forced to use the foodbank.

Inverclyde Childminding Network's Susannah Knox said: "I think we all have to step up.

"If everyone donated just one tin or some lifelong milk, it would make a huge difference.

"I took the children shopping with me to get our donation - it helps them understand that there are children out there who are in need of help.

"We try to do what we can to support the community by helping the foodbank and Compassionate Inverclyde as well."

On the day of the collection there were also local organisations on hand to offer support and services to local families.

The childminding network arranged for groups like Home Start Inverclyde, the Breastfeeding Network and others to be on hand to offer advice.

It's the second event organised by the childminding network in partnership with soft play bosses in support of the foodbank.

Susannah added: "Everyone was delighted with the event and we had such positive feedback.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support, all the parents who came along and Funworld.

"They were delighted and we will organise it again next year."