Christian charity's backpack appeal for Norwich prison 

Loving by Giving, a Christian charity, is appealing for Christians across Norfolk to donate survival items to fill backpacks for ex-offenders who have nowhere to go when released from HMP Norwich.

A project set up by the Christian charity Loving by Giving in conjunction with HM Prison Norwich, provides an urban survival kit for life on the streets, to ex- offenders being released from HMP Norwich with no fixed abode.  But they need help. 
Alison Wernham, Project Co-ordinator for Loving by Giving said: “The backpack gives these ex-offenders a starter pack to assist them initially on release.  There is currently the need to provide approximately 10 backpacks a month - this number is expected to increase - containing 15 essential items. The approximate cost of the items per pack is £25-30 per bag. As well as the packs we are also providing sleeping bags, blankets and clothing.”
Loving by Giving is a charity that works to relieve poverty and change people’s lives practically.  As well as being a charity, there is also a Loving by Giving Church which meets in West Costessey Hall on the Queen’s Hill Estate in Costessey.
Alison said: “We really believe that together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of many people who are in desperate need. It would be a privilege to work with you in this endeavour and therefore we do hope that you will support us in this cause.”
The charity is appealing for the following items:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand towel
  • Cereal bar
  • Toothpaste
  • Warm hat (home knitted or bought)
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Shaving foam
  • Men’s gloves and scarves (home knitted or bought)
  • Pen
  • Safety razor
  • Men’s socks
  • Notepad
  • Shower gel
  • Men’s rain mac         
  • £5 supermarket voucher.

To provide these backpacks, the charity would appreciate donations of the above items, monetary contributions or a discount on purchasing of the items by the charity.  Alison is happy to arrange collection and can be contacted on email at backpacks@lovingbygiving.com or phone 07704 914747.
Please make cheques payable to Loving by Giving and send to:  55a Ramsden Square, Cambridge, CB4 2BN or give by BACs as follows: Account Name: Loving by Giving, Bank: HSBC, Account number: 812-979-96, Sort Code: 40-08-53. Please add reference - Backpacks
Please contact Alison for a gift aid form to increase the value of your gift.


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