TWO young Borders brothers have helped their aunt to support a local foodbank.

Tweedbank Primary School pupils Isaac Cowan, aged eight, and Reuben, aged six, joined their aunt Abby Murdie on Saturday, November 21 to buy items to donate.

Scottish Borders Council employee Mrs Murdie, 30, explained that she wanted to find a way to help people in a more "imaginative" way.

She said: "It's been an extremely difficult year, and I wanted to find a more imaginative way to help people.

"Throughout the year we throw coppers into a tub, and we managed to get a £33.27 voucher to spend."

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The trio went on a weekend shopping trip to Asda in Galashiels – and Mrs Murdie said her nephews thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

She said: "They loved pouring the money into the Coinstar machine and they were extremely excited when we got the voucher."

But she also had the opportunity to help educate Isaac and Reuben on how and why they can help local foodbanks.

"They wanted to buy fresh fruit but I explained that we needed to get things that could last," said Mrs Murdie. "They learnt a valuable lesson."

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The donations bin in the Galashiels supermarket was full, so the trio went to the Co-Op in Selkirk, where they filled the donations basket.

Mrs Murdie said: "It was really exciting for them [her nephews].

"They could see the contribution they were making."

She added: "This year hasn't been normal, and a lot of people aren't in a situation where they can help.

"But there are still ways to help, just in a different way."