A Manchester secondary school is asking students, parents and staff not to throw away their empty crisp packets as they’re collecting them so they can be transformed into blankets for the local homeless this winter.
Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in the heart of Salford Quay’s has partnered with the Rough Sleepers Project: North West to ensure that vulnerable people who are living on the streets have something warm when sleeping as we head into the colder months.
Rough Sleepers Project: North West was inspired by the Crisp Packet Project in East Sussex, which uses used, washed crisp packets, which will be sanitised and ironed together to make blankets / sleeping bags for rough sleepers around the North West.
The school started its campaign just over a week ago and they have already collected over 100 empty crisp packets. Each one requires 150 packets to make and can take up to five hours to put together a single blanket.
The Salford secondary has a whole space dedicated to keeping crisp packet blankets which are regularly collected by the Rough Sleepers Project, with their overall goal being to collect 7,500 which will enable them to make 50 full sized blankets.
Hannah Miller, Hub Leader at Oasis Academy MediaCityUK, commented on the project, saying; “The interest we have had so far has been overwhelming, our original goal was to collect 750 crisp packets but in a week we have received over 100, and have set ourselves a new goal of 7,500 which means we can support the Rough Sleepers Project to create 10 insulated blankets for the homeless this winter.”
“Each blanket does take a while to make, but it’s so worth it. It’s difficult to imagine people, and maybe children, being cold and you’d hope that everyone would have a bed to go to where they can be warm, but unfortunately that isn’t the case and this year makes it even more difficult with the current pandemic restrictions."
“We’re asking anyone; students, staff, parents, community members far and wide, please keep your crisp packets, we need them to create insulated blankets for the homeless this winter.”
Oasis Academy MediaCityUK are also speaking to other local schools asking them to keep hold of their empty crisp packets. Can you help staff and students at this local secondary school? They’re waiting for you to get in touch.
Ella Gamble, Project Founder at Rough Sleepers Project: North West, said; “We reached out to Oasis Academy MediaCityUK who have been brilliant with the support. They have allowed us to use their address as a postal address for others to send crisp packets to which I will collect at an agreed time.”
“The school have also set up bins around in order for the children and staff to get involved and drop their crisp packets off. I will then pick these up as well as the ones sent through post and myself and Jodie can then begin washing, ensure they're COVID safe and begin putting them together.”
“It will take around 150 crisp packets to make the one blankets. Once we have a sufficient amount we are then going to hand them around the North West area.”
Do you have crisp packets? You can send them to: Rough Sleepers Project, Oasis Hub MediaCityUK, King William Street, Salford, M50 3UQ.