Money-strapped school communities make money by spending online.

While many schools in Oxfordshire are struggling to cope with rising costs, some have encouraged parents to shop online via a website called easyfundraising.org.uk.

Schools and charities can sign up for the shopping portal and when visitors click "Support this cause," they can access links to thousands of retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

All items they purchase, after accessing store websites via easyfundraising, will see retailers make a small donation in return.

More than 30 schools in Oxfordshire have created profiles and many have recently reminded parents to buy via the website.

Before Christmas, the Appleton CE Elementary School located near Abingdon said on his website: "A recent purchase made through Booking.com has generated a £ 10 donation to the school. N & # 39; So do not forget to sign up and use this simple way to raise money for the Appleton School. "

The Wallingford School page raised nearly £ 900, while Chadlington CE Primary School near Chipping Norton received £ 980 via the platform.

West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery received more than £ 1,072 using the site, while the total for John Blandy Elementary School in Southmoor is over £ 1,623.

Lynn Knapp, director of the Windmill Primary School in Headington, said the school's PTA had started using easyfund leving about two years ago.

She said: "There is more and more pressure [at schools] by actually trying to find some money for the basics, so any extra money we can get is always welcome – all of this adds up.

"There are more and more things for which we have to go to the PTA, even to finance reading books for the library, school budgets are stretched in every direction."

The head of school cited staff costs, apprenticeship tax and national insurance payments among the major areas in which spending has increased.

Easyfundraising claims to have raised more than £ 25 million for good causes across the UK, including community groups, schools, sports clubs and charities.

In a blog article on school funding, the organization said: "UK schools continue to suffer and need more funding than ever before.

"easyfundraising can help those looking to raise money for their school or PTA, as an alternative to traditional methods."

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