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Project issues a thanks as essentials flood in to help Fenland young people




The Fenland Community Safety partnership has issued a huge thank-you to everyone who has supported a project aimed at helping young people in need.

But Essentials by Sue Project in Fenland still needs help to ensure donations still continue to come in.

The project which aims to help young people access essential items they might not be able to afford was rolled out in Fenland earlier this summer.

Some of the items donated to the Sue's Essentials project in Fenland. (16479569)
Some of the items donated to the Sue's Essentials project in Fenland. (16479569)

Residents and businesses were encouraged to get behind the Essentials By Sue project, which works to distribute toiletries, sanitary products and other everyday items to schools, colleges and Foodbanks.

Donation points were set up at several sites in Wisbech, March and Chatteris and organisers are delighted with the response so far with items including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and brushes, underwear, socks, tights and sanitary products all being donated.

The scheme was originally established three years ago by Cambridgeshire crime reduction officer Sue Loaker, after two 12-year-old girls were caught shoplifting toiletries in Ely.

Essentials by Sue was launched at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, one of the colleges involved in the project in June. Pictured, from left, are Rosie Cooke, Fenland District Council’s Community Safety Projects Officer; Joanne Roberts, Child Protection Officer at Cromwell Community College, and Jane Horn, Executive Principal. (13720305)
Essentials by Sue was launched at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, one of the colleges involved in the project in June. Pictured, from left, are Rosie Cooke, Fenland District Council’s Community Safety Projects Officer; Joanne Roberts, Child Protection Officer at Cromwell Community College, and Jane Horn, Executive Principal. (13720305)

Project co-ordinator Rosie Cooke, who is a community safety projects officer for Fenland Council, said: “Many of us take buying toiletries, sanitary items and underwear for granted.

“However, there are some that struggle to get regular access to these everyday basics. Our fear is that a lack of these items not only causes discomfort but can lead to embarrassment and bullying by their peers."

Fenland Councillor Susan Wallwork said: " It's always humbling to see how the community comes together for those that require a helping hand and this project has been no different. A community that supports each other is a stronger, more prosperous community."

More information about the project can be found on the Fenland Council website or if you or your organisation would like to support the project then contact Rosie either via email at rcooke@fenland.gov.uk or call: 07770 643378



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