North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has marked Small Charity Week by hailing the organisations' “vital support” to local communities.

The week ran from June 19 to 23 and celebrated the work of small charities and the impact they have on the high street.

The SNP MP is using the week to urge people to get out and support their small charities, such as the Ayrshire Hospice shop in Largs’ Tron Place.

Mrs Gibson said: “During the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, small charities have been the lifeblood of communities in Scotland.

“Small Charity Week is a chance to say thank you, and also raise awareness of the importance of supporting our local charities and recognising the contribution volunteers make to our communities.

“So many of us have reason to be grateful to the small and local charities across my constituency who work tirelessly in our towns.

“Small charities make up over 80 per cent of the Scottish charity sector, with most focusing on local issues and relying entirely on volunteers.

“They are an integral part of the fabric of our communities, ranging from support groups to tackle loneliness and deliver front-line services to village halls, play groups, and sports clubs.

“Small Charity Week is a chance for us to thank this sector for all they do to improve our communities.”