SLEEPING bags, inflatable beds and hand warmers will ensure homeless people on the Isle of Wight have a bed this winter.

Isle of Wight waste contractor Amey has donated the bedding to the Salvation Army. It will be used at the charity's night shelters in Newport and Ryde.

Rachel Lee, the charity's homelessness services manager, said: "I would like to thank Amey very much for this community-spirited and kind gesture which we will be putting to good use at winter night shelters at locations including the Salvation Army Hall in Pyle Stree, Newport, the Fellowship House Lifehouse, in Ryde, and at other support services.

"The shelters provide a warm bed and a safe place to sleep for people who may otherwise be sleeping on the streets of the Isle of Wight during the cold and wet winter months.

"They're also a lifeline where warm food, a non-judgmental listening ear and signposting to services that can offer support with people’s more immediate needs are available."

Amey community engagement manager Simon Butler said: "The cold weather has recently arrived and we wanted to do something in the community that would help those who need support at this time of year.

"We spoke to the Salvation Army who said they were in desperate need of sleeping bags and beds for people who are in difficult situations and we were only too happy to help."