South Elmsall women unite to help homeless

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Kind-hearted women from South Elmsall have been supporting a national project to help homeless people through the winter months.

Lesley Needham, Andrea Hepton, Jayne Fisher and Angela Thomas have spent the last few weeks collecting bags, sleeping bags, warm clothes, food and toiletries as part of the national Rucksack Project.

The women will hand out rucksacks full of the donated items to rough sleepers, with any extra items going to the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) Wakefield.

The women also slept rough on the streets of Wakefield city centre last weekend as part of a CAP initiative to highlight the perils faced by homeless people in the cold months.

Miss Needham said: “While we are going home to our warm houses and warm beds there will be people, not too far away from us, with nowhere to go.

“They will very likely bed down in a shop doorway or some other unsuitable, dangerous place.

“We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of people. Thank you every single one of you for your kind donations.”

The women have been helped by the Priory Centre, Crofton. Pupils collected food and clothing to help fill the rucksacks.

The scheme will run until Saturday. Anyone who would like to donate should email rucksack@zednet.org.uk to arrange a collection.

Visit www.rucksackproject.org for more information.