A campaign to make Christmas brighter for those in need is on track to deliver 1,500 gifts this year.

The congregation at St Mary's Church in Southampton has raised more than £10,000 in a bid to save Christmas for those struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis.

The church’s partners - The Listeners Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, Love Your Neighbour and many others - also generously helped with funding.

In total, the campaign raised more than £30,000 to deliver more than 1,500 gift hampers for families, couples and children from all backgrounds.

The vision is that "everyone should receive a gift this Christmas," according to the church's website.

Sophie Rose-Fanner, lead organiser said: “Love Christmas is an incredible show of care for our city, it’s sad that it has to happen, but within its existence, we’ve seen many come together and give their time and energy towards this so it’s just incredible.

“Logistically it’s been challenging with ordering and storing stock this year however every shop we’ve been to and every supermarket worker has been super helpful.

“We’re so privileged to work with so many other organizations who are wanting to come together to help!”

Love Christmas is part of Love Your Neighbour, a scheme where various churches and charities work together to provide wrap-around care through food provision, employment training and mental health support groups.

Anyone wanting to get involved or looking for support is asked to go to saintmarys.church/lovechristmas