CHARITIES across North Ayrshire are thanking the public for their continued support as they find new ways to function through the worsening cost of living crisis.

Starting their fund-raising activities early, Ardrossan’s Night Before Christmas campaign - which looks to deliver Christmas presents to children in less fortunate circumstances - have launched an initiative where they ask for specific items each month in the lead up to Christmas.

With the financial issues everyone is facing affecting the demand for their festive boxes and the number of donations they’re expecting to receive, the charity put out a call for toiletries to be donated this month.

Head of the campaign, Jodie McFarlane, said: “We want people to jump on the bandwagon and help but feel like it’s not taking too much out of their pockets.

“We don’t want everybody to be struggling, we want folk to think they can spend a bit of kindness but not suffer because they’re helping others.

“Next month we’re planning on asking for stationary. People who don’t understand the complexities of poverty would say ‘Why would they want that? How can they not afford that?’ but one wee girl only asked for paper and colouring in pencils.

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“A lot of these families are in deepest darkest poverty and things like pencils aren’t a necessity for them.”

The crisis has also led to an increased demand for donations to vital services such as hospices.

Despite the rising cost of living and the complications that it is causing, the Ayrshire Hospice have expressed how thankful they are to the public.

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A representative said: “The Ayrshire Hospice wouldn’t be what it is today without the incredible support it has received from the public over the last 30 years and beyond.

“As the current cost of living rises for people, we are truly grateful that they can still make donations to support their local hospice.

“In the last few months, they have raised £50,000 from the Kiltwalk Glasgow, £37,000 from the Ayrshire Hospice Summer Ball and over £15,000 from the Summer Super Draw just last month.”

It is evident that many people are still looking to donate when they can despite the issues that the cost of living crisis has created.