Do your bit to help and pack up a rucksack

Lizzy Mycock and organiser Joanne Tindle with rucksacks to fill. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142945-065)
Lizzy Mycock and organiser Joanne Tindle with rucksacks to fill. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142945-065)
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IT IS a simple idea born out of a desire to help those less fortunate than others.

And there has been an overwhelming response to The Rucksack Project, which provides warm clothes and food for rough sleepers during the winter.

Joanne Tindle, from Portsmouth Watersports Centre, and her friend Bonnie Parker, are organising the effort which has seen more than 800 rucksacks donated, filled with much-needed supplies for homeless people.

She said: ‘The project is not a charitable organisation, but a worldwide movement.

‘Anyone can help with our mission, because the project is not about one person trying to do a lot, but about the many each just doing a little to make a big difference in the world.

‘The idea is an incredibly simple one – go to a charity shop, get a rucksack, sleeping bag, flask, spoon, gloves, hat, fleece, underwear, socks and extra food and give it to a homeless person.

‘We will be supporting homeless charities in this area and the drop-off point is Portsmouth Watersports Centre, Eastern Road, on December 6, from 11am.’

The organisations involved include Central Point, Hope House, Society of St James, Portsmouth Life Church, St Simons, Family Church and Alabare.

Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, and Councillor Robert New, have pledged a rucksack and will be attending along with powerboat sailor Alan Priddy.

Paula Orton, owner of BodyWorks, in the Meridian Centre, Havant, is using her salon as a drop-off point until December 4.

She said: ‘The rucksack project is a fantastic cause and it’s good to support something that doesn’t involve asking for money.

‘By putting a pack together with things that make such a huge difference to someone who is struggling, it shows that people actually care and that’s priceless.’ Go to The Rucksack Project on Facebook for details.