A LOCAL charity has launched an appeal encouraging Central Fifers to donation their unwanted Christmas gifts.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is urging locals to drop off any presents they do not want in a bid to boost stock at its Cowdenbeath shop at the Raith Centre.

Carole Edmonds, Head of Retail Field Operations at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said: “Our shops are a source of amazing high quality donated items for local communities, as well as being a fantastic source of revenue for our charity.

“We’re looking for donations of Christmas gift that would otherwise be gathering dust in a cupboard.

"It could be a copy of a book you already have, a jumper that’s not quite the right size or style, or a coffee mug when your cupboards are already full.

“The current cost of living crisis, alongside growing awareness of the importance of responsible shopping and giving has seen the number of people shopping in our stores rise considerably over the last few months.

“We’re sure this trend will continue throughout the year, which is why we’re urging people not to let unwanted Christmas gifts to go unused, but instead take centre stage in one of our stores, reducing waste as well as raising money to support those living with chest, heart and stroke conditions in Scotland.”