A BARNSLEY man is appealing for volunteers to help the town's homeless this Christmas.

Adie Flute, 40, of Old School Court, Barugh Green, read about The Rucksack Project and decided to help out in his hometown.

Founded in 2009 by Mathew White in Bristol, the scheme has flourished giving the less fortunate some much-needed help through the harsh winter months.

Adie said: "I'm hoping to gather willing volunteers to help here in Barnsley.

"It's not about sponsorship or collecting money, it's about giving up a bit of time and energy to directly help others who are sleeping rough on our streets.

"I've been in touch with the council and would love people and businesses to get involved."

It's hoped that people will donate items to fill rucksacks filled with things such as sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves, socks and underwear. Flasks with soup and tins with ring pulls on are also being asked for.

Founder Mathew was inspired to start the project after witnessing people fretting about unimportant issues.

"It's meant to be the season of goodwill," he said. "I felt like we lost the meaning of Christmas, so I did something that was so simple to make a difference to people's lives."

Having approached local charity shops and explained his cause, slowly but surely kind-hearted people came out to donate and Mathew took the donations to Steve, a homeless man on Bristol's streets.

"Words can't express how grateful they were," he added. "That's the best present I could have given anyone at Christmas."

To help out with this worthy cause, comment below or email Adie by clicking here.