A CHARITY has announced it will gift books to children and families visiting the Galashiels and Peeblesshire foodbanks this winter.

Marking its 25th anniversary this year, the Scottish Book Trust is working to tackle inequality and poverty through reading.

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Since 2020, it has distributed more than 290,000 books to families in need through foodbanks, community hubs and other charities across Scotland.

Marc Lambert, CEO of the Scottish Book Trust, said: "Christmas is looking stark for many families across Scotland. Access to books is absolutely essential for a child's development and wellbeing, and for many the only books they have at home are the ones that have been given to them by Scottish Book Trust.

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"Books make a huge difference to daily lives, bringing comfort, escapism and togetherness in families. Every child deserves a little magic at Christmas and donations to our appeal will provide vital support for those most in need."

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