A business group has come to the aid of a domestic violence charity in time for Christmas.
Pallion Traders Group, which was set up almost a year ago, decided to help out Wearside Women in Need by collecting gifts and passing them on.
The toys and presents will now go to children of women affected by violent and abusive partners.
Richard Downey, who is chairman of the traders group and runs Downey DIY in St Luke’s Terrace in Pallion, told the Echo: “We decided that because it’s the first year we’ve put Christmas lights on in Pallion we should nominate a charity to get gifts in for.
“We chose Wearsde Women in Need after speaking to them and they said they were desperate for things.
“We’ve had quite a good response to it and I know the charity are over the moon. They say that the gifts will go towards helping a lot of families.”