A SUCCESSFUL school uniform fundraiser tied together so well that it will help 300 children enjoy a panto this Christmas.

St Columba's in Kilmacolm has stepped in to support Children in Poverty Inverclyde with more than £2,000 from the sale.

They organised a pre-loved sale of their uniform, with all the money going to the children's charity.

Charity founder Pat Burke paid a moving tribute to the independent school for a 'magnificent' gesture to help hard-up families enjoy a festive season to remember.

The children's charity helps youngsters across Inverclyde to provide holiday breaks and works with frontline welfare services.

This Christmas they will be organising a big trip to the Beacon to see Cinderella, which was postponed last year because of Covid.

St Columba's pupil Amy Davidson, seven, who helped organise the event with her mum Sarah, said: "It was fun to get involved in the sale and I am glad we could help other children.

"It was very busy at the sale."

St Columba's supported their own parents by helping to upcycle uniforms, as well as raising money for charity.

Mr Burke, the chairman of CIPI, added: "Our charity is indebted to St Columba’s for their magnificent donation of £2,085 from the recent fundraiser.

"It’s truly wonderful and hugely welcomed and means 300 children shall enjoy the pantomime in December.

"Financial donations are pivotal in assisting with funding of our holiday and Christmas projects for local families who experience daily challenges in some rather bleak environments.

"Indeed, without them our pro-bono work for local children would not be sustainable.

"Through the magnificent and continued contribution from St.Columba’s, families' wellbeing and quality of life is improved."

Children in Poverty Inverclyde has raised more than £250,000 over the years thanks to donations from local people since it was set up.

Thousands of children and their families have enjoyed holidays, pantos and Christmas toys thanks to their support.