Pack a handbag with goodies and help the homeless

Kirsty Walsh, 41, from Ribbleton, is collecting old handbags filled with 'goodies' and sanitary products which will be given to women in need

Kirsty Walsh, 41, from Ribbleton, is collecting old handbags filled with 'goodies' and sanitary products which will be given to women in need

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A Preston woman has it bagged up when it comes to helping the homeless.

Kirsty Walsh, 41, from Ribbleton, is collecting old handbags filled with “goodies” and sanitary products which will be given to women in need.

APPEAL: Kirsty Walsh is collecting handbags filled with 'goodies' which will be given to women in need

APPEAL: Kirsty Walsh is collecting handbags filled with 'goodies' which will be given to women in need

She is gathering donations on behalf of Helping Handbags, a scheme set up by a former homeless woman last month which went viral online.

Brenda Dempsey, from Surrey, posted the idea on Facebook at the beginning of November and the scheme has since been adopted by dozens of volunteers from around the globe including places as far as Australia and North America.

Kirsty said: “I saw it on Facebook and thought, ‘What a great idea.’”

“We’re asking ladies to fill an empty handbag with goodies like toiletries, socks, makeup, snacks and sanitary towels.

“People can fill a handbag and drop it off at one of the collection points or they can call me and I’ll go pick it up, then I’m going to donate them all to a charity who give them to the women.”

Businesses in Preston who have agreed to act as collection points so far include: Sunseekers on Fylde Road, Visage Hair Salon on Friargate, Beautiful Planet Café on Friargate and Capelli Remi on Preston Market.

Kirsty also hopes the scheme will continue well beyond Christmas, explaining: “Homeless women need this all the time so I want to carry on doing it all year round.”

Anyone wishing to help can visit the Facebook group ‘Helping Handbags Preston’ or leave a donation at one of the drop-off points.