A KIND-HEARTED congregation is reaching out to help people in need.

St Laurence's Church RC organised a fundraising fete to raise cash to continue their support for the most vulnerable.

In recent years they have found themselves increasingly coming to the aid of people in the community who are struggling to pay bills or going hungry.

Through the church's St Vincent de Paul group, they are often asked to step in at times of need, and also support other charities in Inverclyde.

The church president of St Vincent de Paul, Joe Bonnar, said: "The fete was very successful and people turned up in big numbers. We find our parish is really generous. They give whatever they can and they support us in a big way.

"We recognised a real need locally. We help in what ever way we can whether that it is a food parcel or we even put money in people's electricity cards.

"There has been a St Vincent de Paul's in the parish since the 1800s, but it has fallen away and three years ago we set it up again."

Volunteers also work to support the Inverclyde Foodbank, Compassionate Inverclyde and the Homeless Forum.

Joe added: "We do whatever we can. It is very important help, but I would like to stress that we help everyone in our community, whether you attend church or not.

"We are here for everyone."

The local St Vincent de Paul's also run groups to help people who feel alone and they support the schools.