Pupils at Llanidloes Primary School have been praised for donating money to a local charity instead of buying Christmas gifts for teachers.

Instead of buying chocolates, mugs or candles for teachers and teaching assistants, school children raised £85 for Llanidloes Dial A Ride.

The charity is a community transport scheme run by volunteers that helps people who find it difficult to use existing means of transport.

Edward Breeze, Dial A Ride chairperson, said: “It was very thoughtful of the pupils of Llanidloes Primary School to think of supporting Llanidloes Dial A Ride by giving a donation in lieu of giving their teachers a Christmas present.

“Donations like this have helped to keep the service going for the last 10 years, so we are most grateful for their help”

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Mr Breeze added: “We are in the process of preparing a fresh lottery bid so we will be using the primary school pupils’ donation as an example of how the local community has supported us over the years.

“If anyone is prepared to give examples of how Dial A Ride has helped them or their families and is able to give a written testimonial we would be most grateful to receive it and it would be used as part of the lottery bid.”

Anyone wishing to help Dial A Ride can leave a message for Edward Breeze at Llanidloes Town Hall or phone the Dial A Ride office on 01686 414997.