Donations are sought to fill rucksacks for the homeless

Store manager Paul Cavaliere is delighted with the response to the shoebox appeal
Store manager Paul Cavaliere is delighted with the response to the shoebox appeal
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STAFF at a supermarket have thrown their weight behind a scheme to help the homeless through donations of rucksacks.

The team at Tesco in North Harbour has been collecting goods and filling rucksacks to donate to The Rucksack Project, which 
is run by the Portsmouth Watersports Centre.

Nancy Tyler, a driver manager at the supermarket, said she was inspired to take part after seeing an advert for the project on Facebook.

Ms Tyler said: ‘We decided it would be a great project to get involved in.

‘Supporting the community is important to us and for a large company such as ours, it is key we give back to our local area.’

The store have been collecting items such as hats, gloves, blankets and tins of food to fill the rucksacks, which will then be given to homeless people.

The rucksacks will be collected at the watersports centre on Saturday, November 21 for distribution.

Ms Tyler said the scheme had promoted a positive reaction.

She said: ‘We are very proud of the fantastic response from both customers and staff. We have to empty the collection bin every day.

‘We have already taken six car loads to the shelter before the official collection day because of the amount of donations we have received.’

Nancy said the store was always looking for ways to get involved in the community.

She said: ‘Tesco as a company likes to support the community by doing a variety of events, whether that be by donating items or given up our time to help.

‘We are always looking at new ideas and projects which we can get involved with.’

Supermarket manager Paul Cavaliere said he wanted to thank staff and customers who had got involved with the scheme.

The Tesco North Harbour store are still collecting items via a bin located at the front of the store.

The Rucksack Project is a national initiative born out of a simple idea to help those sleeping rough during winter.

For more information visit rucksackproject.org.