HOMELESS people's plights really needled pupils at a Rowley Regis high school - so they learned to knit to do their bit.

Students at St Michael's C of E High School have been taking knitting lessons from elderly members of the community.

The 'Pins & Needles' project was the brainchild of the school's Student Voice members, all aged 11-14, who wanted to do more to help the homeless.

The initial aim was to produce as many scarves as possible - but the drive has been boosted by a large number of items knitted by elderly volunteers.

Over the last couple of months, the students have continued their appeal for help by collecting additional hats, scarves and socks and unwanted winter woollies.

The Curral Road school shared information about its appeal on social media and got in touch with Birmingham Homeless Support Team.

In order to present the items, the students have worked with the elderly to create small bundles which include a scarf, hat, gloves, chocolate treat and a personalised message tied up with ribbon.

Kerry Whitehouse, school engagement development manager, said: "The personal message is an important feature as our students are passionate about raising awareness of mental health and campaign to spread kindness.

"We hope this small gesture will help those who are most vulnerable.

"We are so grateful for all the support we have received for this appeal and would like to say a special thank you to members of our coffee morning and the LINKS project.

"Almost all of the items we are donating are hand knitted and we hope the heartfelt messages will help to bring some comfort during the cold winter months."

The bundles will be distributed by school staff alongside Birmingham Homeless Support Team over the next couple of weeks.

Pupil Skye-Louise Weston, 13, added: "I have really enjoyed being part of this project as I love to help others especially those who can’t always help themselves. I hope the bundles make the homeless smile."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the appeal or wishing to donate 'Winter Warmer' items should call Kerry on 0121 561 6881 or email Kerry.whitehouse1@st-michaels.sandwell.sch.uk