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  • Writer's pictureDanny Wright

CHARITY AUCTION: Barnsley’s ‘Rucksack Project’ hits TEN year milestone, and they’re not done yet!

For over a decade, the Barnsley Rucksack Project has been a beacon of compassion, addressing homelessness issues, providing essential supplies, and championing the cause through media outlets.

Now, as part of their 2023 winter campaign, they are embarking on a new venture – their first Christmas charity auction, filled with captivating items, all aimed at supporting those without homes over the coldest months of the year.

The Rucksack Project has been a driving force in raising awareness about homelessness. Through the distribution of food, clothing, and vital supplies via local charities, the project has made a significant impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

In addition, they have actively contributed to both local and national homeless charities, elevating the discourse on pressing issues surrounding homelessness.

The project has not only provided tangible support but has also been a vocal advocate on homelessness issues.

They've tackled critical topics such as homelessness during the pandemic, eviction challenges, and even responded to controversial comments by a former Home Secretary regarding homelessness as a lifestyle choice.



As part of their ongoing commitment to aiding those in need, the Rucksack Project is hosting their first Christmas charity auction. The proceeds from this auction will benefit crucial local homeless charities, including BCDP Drop-In, Action for Barnsley Homeless, and Help 4 Homeless Veterans.

Among the enticing items up for bid are a signed Team GB shirt from 3x Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy OBE, an opportunity to have a personalized poem written by Ian Macmillan, and an array of prints, paintings, and sculptures from various artists. The auction also features an art poster for the classic Yorkshire film Kes, signed by director Ken Loach.

Adding an extra layer of excitement, Yorkshire Rose Holidays has generously donated a voucher for a free day trip.

Individuals can nominate someone to win this prize by tagging them on the Rucksack Project's Facebook and Instagram Christmas Charity Auction posts before the end of Friday (15th December). The winner will be drawn on Saturday.

The auction is live on eBay under the seller name BarnsleyRucksack - eBay Link. For more information and updates, visit the Rucksack Project's Facebook page here or their Instagram profile @BarnsleyRucksackProject.

The aauction runs until 7:30 pm on Monday, 18th December. Your participation not only gives you a chance to win unique items but also directly contributes to the welfare of those who need it most.


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