A children's charity is urging people to give an extra charity gift by recycling Christmas presents for vulnerable children.
The charity Barnardo's - which runs a child sponsorship scheme for children in the UK - says and estimated 30 per cent of seasonal gifts are unwanted and the post-Christmas clear up is an ideal time to pass the parcels on to their stores.
It has been suggested that £2.4 bn was spent on unwanted gifts this Christmas, with in five Britons saying mothers were the worst culprits for giving inappropriate gifts, followed by mothers-in-law (18 per cent) and aunts (16 per cent).
Barnardo's raises money to fund community-based support services for children who are affected by poverty, abuse, disability and life threatening illness.
Lorna Forrest from Barnardo’s said: "Post Christmas week is often a time when families are clearing up and getting ready for the New Year so it’s an ideal time to pop down to our donation centre or one of our local stores with donated items.
"Every year, Barnardo’s works to turn around the lives of tens of thousands of children, young people and their families. Every penny raised plays a vital part in ensuring we continue to support these children."