FAMILIES in Inverclyde showed compassion to lonely hospital patients going home alone - on a trip to the cinema.

During a recent free screening at the Waterfront hundreds of families gave a donation to Compassionate Inverclyde's Back Home Box appeal.

Organisers Inverclyde Childminders Network handed over hundreds of food donations after asking everyone attending the screening to donate.

The network's Susannah Knox said: "We asked everyone coming along to bring a food donation for Compassionate Inverclyde.

"We were delighted with the response.

"As childminders we want to help children think about looking after older generations.

"It is the young helping the older generations.

"Many of the people leaving hospital on their own are elderly.

"We are very much part of the community and it is important we support it."

The childminders network had a 300 strong turnout for their free cinema trip, open to all families in Inverclyde.

Compassionate Inverclyde champion Allison Akhtar was moved by the donations brought along.

She said: "We are always moved by the tremendous kindness shown by the people of Inverclyde.

"No one likes to think of anyone leaving hospital on their own and we get such a response, from nurseries to churches."

The Back Home Boxes appeal has been a huge success, with patients leaving with a box filled full of essentials to help them through the first few days.

Compassionate Inverclyde aims to change the way people think about palliative care in the community and also runs a 'No One Dies Alone' initiative.

They have volunteers who will go in to hospitals and sit by the bedside of individuals nearing the end of life.