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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 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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