GENEROUS people from across Troon dug deep to support a project to help ease the problems in a poverty-stricken, war-torn country.

A coffee morning, held in Portland Church for the Christian Aid South Sudan appeal, was so successful it was a total sell-out.

Home baking and cuddly toys were among the main attractions at the event, which attracted more than 100 people.

In all, £508.20 was raised and the money raised will be used to help provide food and sheltered to people across the trouble-stricken region.

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan - a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe.

In Unity State, 100,000 people face starvation and people are dying every day. Another million people are on the brink of famine.

This crisis comes after more than three years of conflict, which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of 3 million people. Without homes and safety, nearly 4.9 million people across the country urgently need food and security.

The effects of conflict are far reaching. Harvests have been disrupted, food and fuel prices have risen, and the economy has collapsed. People are severely hungry.

Conflict and instability, sexual abuse, executions and other human rights abuses, continue amid severe humanitarian needs and the situation is getting worse.

The charity's partners - in particular, the churches - are determinedly calling for an immediate end to the violence, and working to address the root causes of conflict.

Portland Church minister the Rev Jamie Milliken said: "It was great that people supported the event so well - the tables were all full and thanks to everyone for coming along."