FUNERAL homes have turned into collection points helping homeless people.
Branches of the The Co-operative Funeralcare across the North East took in food, toys, toiletries and blankets for the Salvation Army across Christmas.
The donations were handed out to more than 700 people living in poverty.
A total of 36 branches took part in the collection, including those in Durham and Frawellgate Moor.
Phil Hoggarth, manager of The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all those who kindly donated goods to support those in our local community, who are less fortunate than us.”