Christmas came early for children at the Christmas Give and Take event in Lyme Regis.

The event took place at Woodmead Halls, where a myriad of families gathered to select free gifts for the Christmas period in exchange for items they no longer use.

As well as helping those struggling financially due to the cost-of-living crisis, events like this promote sustainability by saving items from being sent to landfill.

In total, 275.6kg of children's toys, books and clothing were rehomed.

Families attended from across Dorset and Devon, alongside one from Wales, with 112 children directly benefiting from the items taken on Sunday.

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Items that remained after the event were donated to local charities and schools including Axminster Community Primary School, Uplyme Pre-School, The Recycling Shop in Axminster, and Weldmar Hospicecare's charity shop. 

The event was organised by Little Green Change, a non-profit, environmental education social enterprise based in Lyme Regis, and was sponsored by Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors, and Scott Rowe Solicitors.

Clare Matheson, Little Green Change's founder and director, said: "It was so wonderful to see so many families benefitting, and so many smiling faces.

”A lot of people couldn't believe everything was free and there was such a wide range of toys, books, and clothing available.

“I'd like to thank everyone that donated items and/or helped on the day - it was a huge community effort - and our sponsors, Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors, and Scott Rowe Solicitors, without whom this event would not have been possible."