Clothing and Food Collection to support Catching Lives

Continuing throughout December we are running a Clothing and Food Collection to support Catching Lives.

If you are thinking of having a clear out of your cupboards or wardrobes please save the items below for our collection, it would be much appreciated. The collection follows on from the bake sale held last month as well as various other events throughout the year.

Bring any of the items listed below to one of our sites or our head office in Wincheap. Donations of the following food, toiletries and cleaning products would be gratefully received:


  • Custard Powder; Cooking Oil/Vegetable Oil; UHT Milk; Cream; Sugar; Gravy Powder; Plain Flour; Self Raising Flour; Tomato Ketchup; Brown Sauce; Mustard; Tinned Fruit; Stock Cubes; Dried Herbs and Spices; Baking Powder; Corn Flour; Sauces; Pickles; Pickled Onions; Squash; Salt and Pepper; Jam, Peanut Butter, etc; Cocoa Powder


  • Shaving Foam; Spray Deodorant; Disposable Razors; Shampoo; Conditioner; Shower Gel; Combs and Brushes

Cleaning Products

  • Toilet Rolls; Washing Up Liquid; Anti Bacterial Cleaner (Kitchen Friendly); Floor Cleaner; Cloths; Scourers; Sponges


  • Sleeping Bags; Tents; Pillows; Single Duvet and Pillow Covers; Duvets; Blankets Towels


  • Jeans; Jumpers; T Shirts; Underwear; Trousers; Skirts; Socks; Scarves; Hats; Gloves; Shirts; Ties

Other items would be welcomed, however, please note Catching Lives already have plenty of tea bags, dried pasta, rice, bars of soap, sanitary towels, tampons, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. Their vision is of a society where all are included and all, no matter how disadvantaged, can make a contribution. Catching Lives works towards ending the harm caused to individuals, families and the community, by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing.

They do this by offering immediate respite at their project in Canterbury: the Canterbury Open Centre. In addition to this, Catching Lives work with their clients to help them to tackle any issues that they may have, get access to suitable accommodation and find the motivation to take steps towards personal recovery and independent living.

More information about Catching Lives and the excellent work they do can be found here: