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12 December 2023



12 December 2023

We are pleased that we - thanks to the Barnsley FC Community Trust - will once again be supporting the fantastic work by The Rucksack Project Barnsley by being a nominated drop-off point for ever important donations, this Saturday at Oakwell as we take on Charlton Athletic. 

The Trust will have staff on-hand at the OZone (next to Main Reception) to receive anything you can spare so that together we make a difference this winter.

This is a voluntary movement that revolves around a simple, but compassionate task to help those that are sleeping rough, or in desperate need, through the cold winter months. 

It was reported that over 270,000 people are homeless or living in temporary accommodation at the beginning of 2023, in England alone. The Rucksack Project Barnsley are asking for help in the form of the following donations: 

  • Rucksacks 
  • Sleeping Bags (No quilts or duvets) 
  • Camping Mats 
  • Warm and Waterproof coats, jumpers and hoodies 
  • Joggers and Waterproof trousers (S, M, L)
  • Hats, Gloves and Hand Warmers 
  • New underwear, socks and toiletries (S, M, L)

Food and Drink Items 

  • Individual cartons of orange juice, instant coffee, long-life milk and sugar
  • Chocolate bars, cereal bars and biscuits
  • Packs of rice, pasta and pasta sauce (as well as pot pasta or pot noodles etc)
  • Tinned vegetables, tinned meat and fish

The Rucksack Project’s Adie Flute added, "Barnsley FC Community Trust have been a big supporter of Barnsley’s Rucksack Project right from the start, over 10 years ago. Partnerships with the fantastic organisations, businesses, schools and colleges around the Barnsley area have been absolutely vital in the project’s aims of raising awareness about homelessness and poverty issues, supporting local and national homeless charities, and directly helping those who are worst off within Barnsley, through the supply of clothing, food and supplies. Since day one we have seen an incredible level of support and donations that’s flooded in via the club and community trust, and I’m continuously amazed at the efforts of the club, trust and supporters who go above and beyond year after year."

Head of Foundation Kieron Campbell said, "We are thrilled to once again extend our support to the Barnsley Rucksack Project. We are committed to playing our part by designating our facility as a nominated drop-off point for much-needed donations. And on Saturday when the Reds take on Charlton, we'll be receiving donations at the oZone, pre-match, which is situated next to Main Reception at Oakwell. Together, we can make a meaningful difference."

Donations can be dropped off at the Barnsley FC Community Trust reception during the week, and at Oakwell on Saturday when we host Charlton Athletic. 

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