HOMELESS charity HELP and The Shuttle newspaper are asking community groups, schools and businesses in Wyre Forest to hold their own fundraiser to help some of the district's most vulnerable people.

Each week, the Shuttle Run Appeal is getting closer to its £10,000 target to buy a new van for HELP to collect donations for the homeless and people in need across Stourport, Bewdley and Kidderminster.

Now, as we approach the £4,000 milestone, we're encouraging readers to get involved in any way they can. It could be a sponsored silence, a charity bake sale, an online fundraising quiz or a socially-distanced group challenge.

To give readers an idea of how they can help - before the coronavirus lockdown, kind-hearted staff at Thompson & Parkes held a fundraising car wash in aid of our appeal and a bucket collection was held during a Kidderminster Harriers game at Aggborough Stadium.

If you, your workplace, school or community group could host a fundraiser for The Shuttle Run appeal, email emily.collis@newsquest.co.uk or call 01384 358262.

Every penny will go towards buying a new van for HELP to enable them to collect more donations for people in need in Wyre Forest.

Donations can be made online via our new fundraising page justgiving.com/crowdfunding/the-shuttle-run-homeless-van-appeal.

Cheques can be sent to Kidderminster Shuttle, Second Floor, Copthall House, 1 New Road, Stourbridge DY8 1PH. Make them payable to HELP and write SHUTTLE RUN on the back.

Bank transfers should go to HELP, Lloyds Bank, account number 38430260, sort code 30-91-91.