SHE IS the Romsey schoolgirl who inspired dozens of people to donate clothes to help those most in need.

Nine-year-old Elle Holdaway is a pupil at Halterworth School, which has taken on the ‘Harvest Festival of Clothes' for the second year running.

Elle has arranged for her school in Romsey to collect clothing for those in need.

Parents and locals dropped off more than 100 bags of unwanted clothes which were then taken down to Southampton City Mission, a charity dedicated to helping local people through hard times.

All the clothes Elle collected will all be given to those who most need them in the City through the charity’s ‘free’ shop.

Elle said: “Thank you to everyone, it was a really amazing response. It makes me very happy to know that we have all helped those in need.”

Head of school at Halterworth School, Lorraine Pattison, was at her side helping taking in the hundreds of bags.

She said: “We encourage kindness to others at the school and we saw so much thoughtfulness from the children and parents this morning.

"We are very proud to be able to make people’s lives a little bit better. We also had a collection for the Romsey food bank and again there was so much generosity. The school can’t thank everyone enough.”