THOUSANDS of items have been donated to a big-hearted Black Country charity to help disadvantaged and homeless people in need.

The United Hands project, run by the Saleem Foundation, has seen over 20 organisations such as schools and workplaces collect food, toiletries and clothes over the past three months for the most disadvantaged people in the borough.

Thanks to the generous donations, 120 packages will be distributed at a special event at Champions Church in Brierley Hill tonight (Tuesday, October 8).

Shaz Saleem, founder of the organisation, said the support the project has received has been 'phenomenal'.

He said: "Its's been beautiful, it's been overwhelming, it's what the Saleem Foundation is all about by bringing people together for a common cause to help one another.

"It's not all about taking, it's about giving. It's what humanity should be about."

The event will also see Dudley hairdresser Kelly Grazier, from Dunn's Hair on New Street, offer her services free of charge for those in need of a haircut.

The church, based on Albion Street, hosts a soup kitchen every Tuesday, and has now teamed up with the Saleem Foundation to help more people across the borough.

Shaz added: “I'm amazed of the work that Champions Brierley Hill do every Tuesday where they serve up 100 people. We will continue to support the church and do our best to help those in need.”

Councillor Steve Waltho, chairman of the foundation, said: “Its disheartening to see people struggle and we will do everything we can to support those in need, we are so chuffed to have Kelly on board who will be giving free hair cuts on the day, we thank Champions Brierley Hill for partnering with us and we look forward working with them.”

The event takes place from 6pm, and will be attended by the Mayor of Dudley.