Businesses and schools are being asked to slip on their slippers this December and give the gift of a pair of pyjamas to needy children.

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) is urging people to get behind its Pyjama Appeal 2018 and host a Slip on Your Slippers Day at their school or workplace on Friday, December 7.

Each year NDADA looks after some 200 children who arrive at the refuge with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing, which means they have to borrow secondhand pyjamas plus many other items.

Sue Wallis, CEO of NDADA, said: "Being in refuge at any time is a really difficult period for families escaping domestic abuse but at Christmas the feelings of loss can become heightened.

"Mums and children have had to leave behind everything that made up their everyday lives in order to stay safe from their abuser.

"We, the team who care for the families, do our best to make the festive period as warm and nurturing as possible and the families are always hugely touched and affected when they know that the community that we all live in cares enough to share in that nurture.

"We at NDADA, staff, trustees and volunteers become the family for our residents and with the help of our wider family, the wonderful community which supports us, can all make such a difference to lives affected by the trauma of domestic abuse."

You can help these youngsters by wearing your slippers to work in return for a donation, or text PJAP18 £3 to 70070 to provide a child in refuge with their own pyjamas.