INVERESK residents have raised about £400 through a festive initiative for a charity which supports torture survivors around the world.

They took part in ‘Lighten Up to Brighten Up Inveresk’, which attracted 40 homes in a competition for the best Christmas lights outside homes.

It was organised by resident Linda Cessford, who was keen to bring some festive cheer to the village amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, as the annual carol singing event had to be cancelled.

Usually whoever hosts refreshments after the carol singing chooses a charity to support.

This year, local artist Alison Paterson, who painted a map of the village showing the houses involved, had the honour of naming the charity. She chose Freedom from Torture, which provides therapy and support for torture survivors, and promotes fighting for change together.

A tea towel showing local artist Alison Patersons work for Lighten Up to Brighten Up Inveresk

A tea towel showing local artist Alison Paterson's work for 'Lighten Up to Brighten Up Inveresk'

The map was turned into tea towels for sale and residents also gave generous donations.

A team of judges from Inveresk Village Society chose the winners, with prizes awarded for the best displays.

Everything from projected snowflakes to illuminated wreaths decorated the outside of houses.