A GROUP of West Linton Primary School pupils have raised £330 for the Peeblesshire Foodbank.

The youngsters held a charity stall at the town’s market with home baking, a treasure map and a tombola.

The tombola was stocked with unused and unopened toys, gifts, toiletries and bottles which had all been donated by individuals, families and businesses in the West Linton area.

On a wet Saturday morning, the youngsters, Jack, Charlie and Innis (all aged nine), Oren (aged eight) and Joe, Gregor and Corin (all aged six), had a blast selling tickets and showing off all the prizes.

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They then got a shopping list from the foodbank and went to a supermarket with a self scan option to help them keep track.

The boys made a point of checking out value/non-branded products and they all learned how to read the small print.

They also decide to buy products that families might need that were not on the list, suggesting hot chocolate, mince pies, baby food and a few advent calendars as extras.

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Nearly two hours later they left with four full trolleys.

On Tuesday, the children went to the foodbank where manager Fiona Dalgleish involved in weighing and dating the good before stocking the shelves.

She also showed them how the food boxes are made up.

Proud mum Sally Lord whose children took part said: “We are all really proud of the boys for their interest, effort and enthusiasm.

“It’s been really great to see them learning about the journey from fundraising to where the money goes and all the work needed behind the scenes in between, and especially seeing them working so hard in the foodbank.

“Thank you also to the foodbank for giving the boys this opportunity to do a tiny little bit of the amazing work you and your staff do tirelessly every day.”

Ms Dalgleish added: “The children did a really good job. To have the idea in the first place was fantastic but they then made excellent choices and bought they types of foodstuffs we need.

“So on behalf of the Peeblesshire Foodbank I’d like to thank everyone involved, including the mothers.

“The children were a credit to their families, the school and the community.”