Pupils from All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham with their clothing donation

Clothing collection for rough sleepers

A school took action this year in response to the growing numbers of homeless people in England.

Year 9 and staff of All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham decided to collect winter clothes for those in need, to help them feel like they are a part of society and are cared for.

The students and staff did a fantastic job and teacher Connor Walsh dropped off over 40 bags of winter clothes to Church Homeless Trust.

They were sorted into 14 bin bags of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothes and toys.

The adult clothing such as warm coats, jumpers, hats, and scarves will be passed on to C4WS (Camden and Clerkenwell Church Cold Weather Shelter), a winter shelter that Church Homeless Trust supports. C4WS  is run by CARIS Camden, and will be open until March to support rough sleepers who need somewhere to stay over night during the winter.

Some children’s clothes and toys will be distributed at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, and at homeless mother and baby refuges in Chatham, Kent.

Most of the clothes will be delivered by Stuart, a London based courier service.

Church Homeless Trust’s Corporate Relationships Manager, Ruth Uwimana, said: “Thank you all so much for your kind donations. I send my great thanks to all the students involved in the collection and their parents, teachers, and all those who helped co-ordinate the collection.”

Each and every one of you have made a difference in someone’s life by providing warm clothes for the winter.