MORE than 230 homemade snoods will be heading off to disadvantaged children across Europe for Christmas after Trowbridge locals donated their creations to Fabric Magic.

Over the past few months, the Silver Street shop has called on locals to send in snoods in aid of Operation Christmas Child, with the best entry getting a £20 gift shop voucher.

And on Tuesday, Chippenham's Operation Christmas Child coordinator, Sue Pulleyblank, judged the best 40 entries and she chose the snood made by Tina Gee, from Trowbridge, to be the best of the bunch.

"The competition was fierce as the standard of entry was extremely high. People have done a fantastic job for a great cause," she said.

"The disadvantaged children who will receive these gifts don't have much colour in their lives, so they will really appreciate these bright and cheerful snoods. The creativity and imagination is fantastic.

"I have seen how treasured gifts can be to people so having something warm at this time of the year is wonderful."

A total of 239 creations will now be packed up and shipped off in the coming weeks to children across the continent.

"I want to thank everyone who took the time to make these wonderful snoods, crochets, mittens and gloves, they look beautiful," said shop owner Liz Machin.

"These will be a wonderful Christmas gift to all those disadvantaged children across Europe."