Charity campaign to help rough sleepers in Stratford and Whitechapel

PUBLISHED: 14:51 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 07 February 2018

Muslim Aid volunteers with some of the rucksacks Picture: Eileen Maybin

Muslim Aid volunteers with some of the rucksacks Picture: Eileen Maybin

Eileen Maybin

Rough sleepers in Stratford and Whitechapel are set to be handed rucksacks full of useful items thanks to a campaign by charity Muslim Aid.

Volunteers will also visit Liverpool Street station and Walthamstow to hand out the packs, which contain a sleeping bag, hat, gloves, socks, underwear, dry food and plastic cutlery.

“Muslim Aid staff and volunteers have out providing a lifeline to the elderly and homeless in different parts of London throughout the winter months,” said volunteers officer Zakaria Hussain.

“The response has been very moving – the homeless, hit by the austerity of recent years, are so happy when we share the warm goods in the rucksacks.”

The bags were prepared by volunteers from University College London and children from schools in east London in December, and the 600 packs have been gradually distributed out to those most in need. The final 60 packs will be handed out at the weekend.

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