Love in a Bag Bedford is back in time for Christmas

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Mel surrounded by bags collected as part of the 2018 campaign

The charitable project that aims to show vulnerable people some love and kindness at Christmas is back in Bedford – and support is coming from businesses big and small.

Love in a Bag was set up in 2018 by Mel Stratton of Putnoe, based on a similar project she’d seen in Australia.

The concept is simple: find a handbag that you no longer use. Fill it with essentials such as shampoo, sanitary products, face wipes, tissues etc… plus a note or Christmas card, and it will be donated to women in crisis.

Last year, 646 people received filled bags and over 16 charities benefited, including Bedford Women’s Refuge, YMCA, the Asian Women’s Foundation, Charis House, the King’s Arms Project and the Salvation Army.

Just this week, Mel found out that Waitrose has chosen Love in a Bag as one of its Green Token beneficiaries.

“We are overwhelmed at the support that the project has received now that we’re in our second year,” said Mel.

“White Hart Press have very kindly designed and printed our posters, lots of businesses have nominated themselves as drop-off points and we’ve already been receiving bags from members of the public.

“To find out that Waitrose are supporting us too is incredible.”

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Roberto and Lino from 2LikeUs Bistro are happy to be one of the donation points

Love in a Bag Bedford is now accepting donations and you can drop your bag off at any of the following:

Amorco Transport (Elms Farm Industrical Estate), Treat Street (Riverside Bedford), Pegalicious Balloons (Tavistock Street), Nikki Hageman Accounts (Clapham), Select Travel Holidays (Mill Street), Keens Shay Keens (St Cuthbert’s Street), Silks (Lime Street), Gallones (the Old Arcade), 2LikeUs Bistro (Castle Road) and Bedford Heights (Manton Lane).

All items included in bags must be new and in sealed packaging. Products including shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, baby wipes, tissues and moisturiser are welcome. No sharps (including razors or tweezers), no food and no pharmaceuticals (paracetamol, Nurolfen etc..) are allowed.

To find out more, go to the Love in a Bag facebook page.