The Rucksack Project

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The Rucksack Project

Over the last 3 years, with the amazing kindness and generosity of both individuals and local organisations (including local schools, scout groups and many more) we have donated in the region of 1000 rucksacks to rough sleepers in the South East and London.

We began by encouraging people in our community to fill a rucksack with items that would benefit a rough sleeper in the winter months and give it to us to directly distribute to them. This has grown so much and we now have a storage facility in Chelmsford where we store everything that has been kindly donated to us, before redistribution. With our recent heatwave, we also introduced a summer rucksack appeal as it became evident that people had different needs during this time.

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So, if you would like to put a rucksack together, these are the things you need to include:

You may have items around your home that you no longer need. You may also be able to find some good bargains in charity shops and pound stores.

In 2017, we also set up the ‘Purse Project’ for women which asks people to donate sanitary towels and tampons or fill a ‘purse’ (or toiletry bag) with those items as well as underwear, hand wash, a hairbrush, hair bands, vaseline, moisturiser, roll on deodorant, tissues and any other essential toiletries that female rough sleepers desperately need.

  • All rucksacks must have 2 straps.
  • Rucksacks must not include paracetamol or medication.
  • Please drop the rucksack to: The Church of the Ascension with All Saints, Maltese Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2PS on Sundays 10.30am to 12 noon. Or call: 07723129980 to arrange a drop off.

For winter

  • Sleeping bag (season 3-4)
  • Hoodie/warm fleece
  • Gloves
  • Thick socks
  • Woolly hat
  • Underwear
  • Thermals