HUNDREDS of bags filled with essential items will be sent to vulnerable residents this winter thanks to a healthcare alliance.

Barnsley Healthcare Federation and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust joined together to gift £22,000 towards the initiative.

A spokesperson said; "The bags contain a range of non-perishable foods and toiletries plus hats, hot water bottles, blankets and flasks.

"All the bags will be given to vulnerable local people in need of help. "Members of staff volunteered to research and source the most popular general household products, items for helping to keep warm and favourite food selections including pasta, cereal and tinned foods.

"The bags will be distributed by staff from Barnsley Healthcare Federation's home visiting team and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust's community mental health team to vulnerable residents across the Barnsley area."