Dozens of Smethwick families will receive welcome supplies after staff at Business Link West Midlands donated food parcels during Harvest Festival.

BLWM nominates several different causes to support each year and Birmingham-based Brushstrokes is the current chosen charity.

In total, staff from the Quinton-based business support agency handed over around 80kg of non-perishable food - including tins of soup, rice, pasta, sugar and cereals – to the charity.

Brushstrokes is a community charity that supports Smethwick’s most disadvantaged people, befriends newcomers to the area and helps them build their self-esteem.

The charity was established in 1999 as a partnership between the Parish Church of St Philip, the Infant Jesus Sisters and Father Hudson’s Society.

David Nelson, from Brushstrokes, said: “Thank you to everyone at Business Link for the generous donation, which will help feed some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

“We are always grateful for any donations to help the needy of Sandwell and everything that’s donated to us goes directly to deserving families.”

Geoff Guest, from Business Link’s corporate social responsibility action group, added: “It’s a fantastic cause and we were very pleased to collect so much food for charity.”