A Collection with a Difference!


Most people when asked what a supermarket collection is will reasonably tell you ”its like a bag packing thing or volunteers with buckets at the doors….” Nothing wrong in that answer except here at The Big Help Project I have quickly come to learn that a “Collection” has a different meaning.

For this charity a Collection is about asking shoppers to add some things to there baskets as they go round the store and hand the items over to one of our volunteers waiting to fill our famous green crates with food. Truly this is a Collection that set your donation turned into a meal to help feed families in need of the support across our area.


It is not often that you get to see such or hear about such a tangible, such an obvious, ‘outcome’ from your donation at a supermarket. But this is the reality for BHP and the people it helps. It is entirely possible that food you add to your basket, or indeed as often happens, food and certain other needed items, put in an entirely separate basket and handed over after checkout, can be helping support a family nearby in literally just hours…..now that’s ‘active support’ !

The charities big Collection days at local supermarkets are quite an operation. Recently I watched as the logistics swung into place, volunteers arranged beyond the checkouts gratefully taking away your donations and sorting the items into different green crates ready to immediately help those in real need. Its quite a sight. Partly it is I have to say a bit disturbing that such amazing support is needed in 2019, but it really doesn’t take much exposure to the work of this charity to see and understand the reality of the need and yes it can be a shock to the system but you move past that as quickly , whilst never quite forgetting the questions you ask in your head.

At a recent Collection in Prescot the incredible generosity of local shoppers saw an amazing 72 green crates filled with everything from food of many types but mostly our big ask, non immediately perishable items, and some things you don’t automatically think of like pet food because yes, families struggling to get by financially do sometimes have pets and need toiletries or cleaning products, and welcome that support as well as the main priority, food basics.

Heres the thing. Organising these Collections is quite a thing and we need help to make it all happen. Whether you are an individual who can give us some volunteering time, or part of an organisation, or a corporate business supporter lending us the time of a team of volunteers for a few hours, the difference you can make is literally there before your eyes. It is trust me an uplifting experience, great for team building or individually giving you the satisfaction of seeing your time turned into something so raw, so basic, but so important, as helping to feed a family.

Want to help ?

Heres a list of upcoming Collections….all times to be confirmed

July 25th at Asda Huyton

August 29th at Tesco Prescot

September 26th at Asda Huyton

November 28th, 29th, 30th at Tesco Prescot (National Trusell Trust collection)

Can you help ? Please get in touch with Mavis our Volunteer Co-Ordinator by email :


or phone on 0151 482 6089

Find out more about Volunteering with The Big Help Project here :


and learn more about what we do here :


Cheers, Mark, The BHP Blog

Mark Wilson