Volunteers from homeless charity, Pass It On, headed to Worcester yesterday (Thursday 20 May), to hand out deliveries of hot drinks, food and essential care products to homeless people across the city.

The team also worked with Caring for Communities and People (CCP), who are supporting those homeless people housed in The Fownes Hotel, to deliver care packages to their 30 clients.

This activity forms part of Pass It On’s spring campaign, which will see its volunteers set out to visit cities across the UK to personally deliver care packs to homeless communities.

Pass It On was founded by the UK’s largest wholesaler of newspapers and magazines Smiths News’ CEO Jon Bunting in 2016 and became a registered charity last year.

Since its foundation, it’s supported over 4,500 homeless and vulnerable people across the country – and received over £30,000 in donations.

This year, Pass It On’s spring campaign coincides with the continued easing of government restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this is welcomed for most people across the country, for the homeless community this is quite the reverse; many homeless people who were being housed in temporary accommodation at the start of the pandemic, will soon have no choice but to return to life on the streets.

Jon Bunting, Smiths News CEO, said: "Just when the homeless community were starting to think their life was getting back on track, being given a roof over their heads and starting to feel positively about the future, many of them are now going back to square one. So, this year our spring campaign is even more imperative than usual.

"On Thursday, volunteers helped to provide those people who are most vulnerable in Worcester with some extra support, by delivering packs full of essential items including toiletries, nutritious snacks and drinks – these are things that are often taken for granted by so many of us but can be hard to come by or beyond the means of those living on the streets.

"But what makes this campaign really special is that these essential items are hand-delivered by someone who is willing to take the time to have a conversation and make a connection."

Pass It On runs two major campaigns during the year – as well as its spring campaign, its winter campaign takes place in January.

To find out more, please visit https://passitonofficial.org.