CHURCHGOERS in Guiseley are collecting money in a bottle to help homeless people.

St Oswald's Church in Guiseley has presented a cheque for £1944 to West Yorkshire Charity, Simon on the Streets, after collecting pound coins in a whiskey bottle.

The fundraising was launched by the Rector of St Oswald's, David Pickett, who was affected by seeing people sleeping rough while he was out with his wife, Sarah.

He said: "Coming out of the theatre in Leeds a number of months ago, Sarah and I were shocked to see so many people living rough on the streets. So we decided to do something to help in any way we could. So I put an (empty) Bells Whiskey bottle at the back of church and asked people to pop a pound coin into the jar every time they came to Church."

The whiskey bottle has now been replaced in Church, to be filled with pound coins and donated again.

Simon on the Streets supports people sleeping rough in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.