A SCHEME supporting vulnerable women living on the streets in the North-East has proved an instant success.

Corbridge resident Johanna Wild was instrumental in setting up the Bags of Kindness Newcastle upon Tyne group on Facebook asking for people to provide every day essentials, such as warm clothes and sanitary products, in a handbag to donate to homeless women.

In the space of 48 hours, more than 20 bags had been donated.

Johanna was inspired to start the group having gained an insight into the struggles people living on the streets experienced after taking part in a CEO Sleepout project, which challenges people to sleep rough to raise money for homeless people.