Staff and students at Edge Hill University have gathered over 400 items of warm clothing for Merseyside’s Shoebox Full of Love campaign.

The Big Read Big Warm appeal encouraged students, staff and members of the local community to donate warm clothing to the Merseyside Shoebox Full of Love campaign, supporting homeless and vulnerable people locally.

Kate Taylor and Abigail Parle from the University’s Academic Registry team organised the campaign and set up a donation station in the Hub.

“We are really happy with how many people supported the event and some people even bought several new items of warm clothing to donate which was really generous,” said Kate. “We really appreciate the kind donations to help the Shoebox Full of Love appeal to support homeless people across Merseyside this Christmas.”

They received all sorts of donations including scarves, hats, gloves, jumpers and socks, and even some onesies.

“We didn’t realise how many items we actually had until we separated them into boxes – we had 61 hats!” said Abigail.

If you would like to donate or get involved with Shoebox Full of Love, visit their website to find out how.

The Edge Hill University Big Read is a shared reading scheme for students, staff and the wider community. The EHU Big Read initiative aims to give every new student something in common with other first years and to create links between them and the wider University community, all before they arrive on campus. Find out more here.