A group of selfless teens from Benwell have created dozens of survival kits to help homeless people and their four-legged companions during the freezing winter months.

The group filled bags full of vital items including warm clothing, hygiene products, camping gear and food items specifically for rough sleepers and dogs.

Patrick Sabek, Marketa Gaziova and Keerar Storey took to the streets of Newcastle to hand them out.

The passionate trio, who are part of North Benwell Youth Project, thought of the idea after recognising how much homeless people suffer during the winter months.

After watching a YouTube video of people handing out similar kits, Patrick, Marketa and Keerar were inspired to help their own community.

Patrick, 13, said: "We want to help them survive the cold by giving the homeless people sleeping bags and clothing so they can try to stay as warm as they can until they can hopefully get off the streets."

After speaking with homeless people, the youths were horrified to hear what they face on a daily basis and how much they rely on their loyal pets.

Keerar, 17, said: "What stood out to me was how, especially women in period poverty, homeless people said that they have the chose to either eat or to be dirty.

"No one should have to do this, it's heartbreaking. This is why we have made sure to include sanitary items in our kits."

The group were funded £1,000 to create the winter survival kits after presenting their idea to Key Training, a programme which helps to inspire young people facing challenging circumstances to believe in themselves and achieve their potential.

Marketa, 13, added: "One man we met he had a dog and he was so happy to get a kit. He said that if worst came to worst he'd rather his dog survived than him.

"He said that no one had spoken to him for three hours and people just walked past as if he wasn't there. It was heartbreaking."

The group handed as many kits as they could to the homeless people on the night but have donated the remaining kits to The People's Kitchen who will then continue to distribute to those who need them.