ROYAL Bank of Scotland staff are rolling their sleeves up to help a local charity make a difference to the lives of local children.

Three branches in the Borders are supporting Tweed Togs over the next four weeks in a drive to encourage people to donate pre-loved kids clothes.

Set up in 2017, Tweed Togs is a local registered charity run by a team of volunteers supplying gift bags of pre loved clothes for children from birth to 12 years old.

Volunteers at Tweed Togs collect donated clothes and wash, iron and pack them before turning them into gift tagged packages for children in need.

The charity, which works with health visitors, teachers and social workers to identify children who need support, have assisted more than 300 families during the last two years.

Now Royal Bank of Scotland staff at Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles branches are helping the charity by calling on customers and the local community to drop in clothing donations from now until December 17. Amanda Baitup, community banker with Royal Bank of Scotland in the Borders, told us: “Everyone at our Borders branches are delighted to get involved and support Tweed Togs.

"The work it carries out is invaluable and makes a huge impact to some of the most vulnerable people in the local communities.

"If anyone has any pre-loved children's clothes we will happily accept them at our Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles branches.

“It doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is – collectively it will make a massive difference.”

Bank staff will also help Tweed Togs volunteers prepare the donations and distribute them to the public.

The charity is specifically looking for items for children aged two to 12 years.

Sonja Edwardson from Tweed Togs said: "Tweed Togs is delighted that the RBS is providing donation points in the run up to Christmas.

"It’s always very busy at this time of the year and we are very grateful indeed for this wonderful support.”

Royal Bank branches will accept donations of clothing until December 17.

Donations can also be made at Fat Face, The Tontine Hotel, Bank Of Scotland and First Nursery in Peebles.

There are also drop-off points at West Linton Primary School, West Linton health centre and the early learners group is also accepting donations, as well as Nashy’s in Cardrona, Eddleston Primary School, Innerleithen Co-op and Broughton Primary School.

For more information on Tweed Togs, visit their Facebook page here.