Almost £220,000 has been donated to a fund to help bereaved relatives and survivors of the pub helicopter crash which claimed 10 lives.

The Clutha Appeal Fund was set up by Glasgow City Council two-and-a-half weeks ago to help support anyone facing hardship as a result of the tragedy.

More than 100 people were in the Clutha bar in Glasgow city centre when a police helicopter crashed through the roof on Friday November 29.

Members of the public have donated tens of thousands of pounds to the appeal fund which was started by the local authority with a £20,000 donation, along with equal contributions from the Lord Provost's Goodwill Fund and Scottish Government.

The most recent contributions have been from Scottish Power, Renfrewshire Council, Arnold Clark, Poundland, AG Barr, East Ayrshire Council and Weir Group, taking the total to £219,835 by Thursday night.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: ``The warmth and the generosity that people continue to show to those caught up in this disaster is immense.

As we approach Christmas and a new year, they are all very much in our thoughts and prayers.

``On behalf of the city, my heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has donated so far, and also to those who I know are organising fundraising activities in the weeks and months ahead.''

Funerals took place last week for the three helicopter crew who were killed: pilot David Traill, 51, Pc Tony Collins, 43, and Pc Kirsty Nelis, 36; and the six pub customers killed: John McGarrigle, 57, Mark O'Prey, 44, Gary Arthur, 48, Colin Gibson, 33, Robert Jenkins, 61, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

The tenth victim, 59-year-old Joe Cusker, was pulled from the wreckage alive but died in hospital from his injuries almost two weeks later. His funeral took place on Wednesday.

It has not yet been established what caused the helicopter to fall from the sky, although investigators said initial evidence rules out engine or gearbox failure.

Anyone wanting to donate to the Clutha Appeal Fund can call 0141 287 7878 and pay by debit or credit card. Donations can also be made in cash or by cheque at the council's service desk at 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE.

Bank payments can be made to Clutha Appeal Fund, sort code: 83-44-00, account 10804129.

The same account details can be used to donate at any branch of RBS.

A helpline run by the council's major incident support team will remain open throughout the holiday period.

Anyone in need of support of any kind can call 0141 287 0999.