SCHOOLCHILDREN in South Oxfordshire have been running a charity appeal with a difference – collecting socks.

The pupils at Clifton Hampden CofE Primary School near Abingdon decided they wanted to help the homeless this winter, so they contacted the Gatehouse homeless centre in Oxford.

Operations manager Zoe Wright told the children that the centre was particularly short of socks, gloves and hats to give to its visitors, so the children set to work.

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Headteacher Rachel Crouch said: "The children have been collecting in the community and in a local church and the response has been amazing.

"We already have over 200 pairs of socks.

"We thought the Oxford Mail readers would like to know as it might help to advertise the work done by the Gatehouse."

The pupils have also been writing Christmas cards to the homeless people of Oxford.