A MARVELLOUS donation of rucksacks and sleeping bags was made by the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Rucksack Project at their annual drop-off day at Waltham’s Royal Legion Club on Friday 4 December.
In total, the group donated 50 rucksacks and 20 sleeping bags to YMCA, which will be used in for homeless people received through our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) service.
Charlie Kurz, a support worker at YMCA’s Peaks Lane Housing Project in Grimsby, was on hand to receive the donations and she spoke of how the goods will make a difference to the service the charity can provide.
She said: “On behalf of YMCA Humber, I would like to thank the Rucksack Project for their kind donation.
“In 2015, we have undertaken a number of improvements to our SWEP (emergency) accommodation for street homeless and these rucksacks will provide a valuable addition to the service we can provide, ensuring that the most vulnerable receive items that they can readily use when they have nothing to their name.
“YMCA works closely with its partners and the local authority to ensure that any emergency accommodation clients are signposted to the correct contacts so that they can obtain the support that they need.”
Sophie Young is one of the organisers of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Rucksack Project and she spoke about why the organisation had chosen to support YMCA Humber.
“We know that YMCA provide much-needed support to some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.
“We wanted to donate items to help them with their work with street homeless in the cold, winter months and we have been delighted at the response from the public to our appeal.”
YMCA Humber are hoping that supporters of the Rucksack Project will support the charity’s Sleep Easy event in 2016.
Charlie continued: “Our Sleep Easy campaign runs annually and will return to Grimsby on Friday 29 January 2016 – all funds raised from the campaign will go directly into supporting the work of homeless charities in North East Lincolnshire.”
For more information on Sleep Easy, please visit: www.sleep-easy.co.uk.
For more information on the Rucksack Project, please visit their Facebook page.