STARS from Inverclyde's talented school choirs struck the right note as they marked a big birthday by handing £3,000 to children's charities.

The cash was raised from their 20th anniversary concert, which was a huge success.

The junior and senior choirs were joined by 80 former members and Inverclyde Voices at a sell-out performance which raised cash for good causes.

Palma Allan, conductor of Inverclyde Senior Choir and Inverclyde Voices, said: "We asked the children for their ideas and suggestions about where the money should go.

"Over the years quite a few of them had been involved in different charities."

Six charities received £500 each and sent representatives to Notre Dame High School to receive their cheques.

Fiona Houlihan, a service manager for specialist children's services came along with two colleagues from CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Dr Colm Hennessy and Yvonne MacLeman.

She said: "We are very pleased with the donation.

"It's the first donation we've had for 10 years.

"This will allow us to upgrade our toys and to make our environment more child-friendly.

"It was so nice that the children picked us and wanted to promote good mental health."

Pat Burke, of Children in Poverty, says the donation to his charity will help lots of local children enjoy an unforgettable festive season.

He told the Telegraph: "'The schools' junior and senior choirs showcase the best of Inverclyde with the talented children in our community.

"It's very compassionate that the children selected our charity as one of the beneficiaries. which will fund pantomime trips to the Beacon and brighten Christmas for many children."

Ardgowan Hospice's Butterfly Project counselling service also benefited.

Joanna Hunter of the hospice said: "It wonderful that the choir members have chosen to help other children and young people in this area to deal with the grief and loss of a loved one."

Other charities who received a donation included Glasgow Children's Hospice Charity, received by Adam Kelly, Children's Hospice Association Scotland, by Maxine Campbell, and Barnardo's, by Laura Campbell and Yvonne Coyle.