A WORCESTER foster agency has donated 55 goody bags to help feed the homeless with support from the agency’s foster children.

Child Care Bureau, based in Hallow, organised a family fun day to raised funds to buy food to pack the goodie bags for a local charity, Worcester Street Kitchen.

Hope Lawley, the agency’s family support worker, said: “I run a teen’s club for our teenagers on a bi-monthly basis. We cover a new topic every time. The topic we were covering when this idea came up was how to empathise with others. It was one of the teens who suggested helping the homeless.

“We held a Summer Fun day in August at our office where we had lots of our fostering families attend. We had lots of activities and games along with a bake sale and car wash to raise money which was put towards the buying of the ingredients for the goodie bags.

“We raised a huge £42.71 which is amazing and that has paid for everything needed.”

Worcester Street Café is a charity based in Worcester that help to feed the homeless community. It asked for donations towards ingredients to pack goodie bags.

Miss Lawley added: “They have a stall where the goodie bags are collected from and a warm shelter where the hot food is served from.”

Staff from the agency packed the bags, which included a ham and a cheese sandwich, a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit and a biscuit bar, which were delivered to The Salvation Army in Trinity Street.

Kylie Kelly and Gemma Scott from Worcester Street Kitchen said: “Volunteers are extremely important to what we do as without their support running the cafe would be extremely difficult as we both work full time and feed the homeless four nights a week voluntary so rely heavily on support from volunteers.”

Melissa Ward, a newly approved foster carer, attended the food-packing event with her 10-year-old daughter Ava.

Mrs Ward said: “It’s a good cause to feed the homeless and it’s good to help. It was lovely to meet everyone at the foster agency.”

The charity can be contacted through their Facebook page Worcester Street Café. They also launch appeals through their social media for support from the public.

The number of children entering foster care in Worcestershire has increased in the last 12 months, with 20 additional foster carers needed. If you’re interested in fostering then call Child Care Bureau’s number on 01905 640022.