What We Need

What We Need

The needs are always changing, but right now these are the things we need most:

Please share our latest Amazon Wishlist for up to date items in need

Amazon Wishlist

We have hubs in Essex, Suffolk, London and Cambridgeshire where you can drop-off donations – and we’re always looking for more amazing ‘hub leaders’ to be places for people to drop-off donations. If you have a spare room or space in your garage and think you could be a hub leader please get in touch. Take a look at the map above to see if there’s a hub already in your area.

If you want to become a hub yourself or if you have any general query about our Hubs, please contact us

We fundraise in a variety of ways. We’ve held events like quizzes and concerts and worked with local schools and churches. We’re always open to new ideas so if you think you could organise something in your area and would like to support Side by Side, get in touch. We’re also always on the lookout for people to manage various projects. If you think you’d be a good project manager and could lend us your drive, your creative thinking or just your organisational skills we’d definitely like to hear from you.

  • High priority:
    • Dried fruit & nuts (especially dates)
    • Biscuits & cereal bars
    • Cakes
    • Sugar
    • Coffee


  • Also needed:
    • Tinned food with pull top (e.g. lamb,
    chicken, beef, tuna, sardines, tomatoes,
    red/white beans, chick peas, lentils)
    • Cooking oil
    • UHT milk
    • Black & Green tea
    • Eggs
    • Long-life fruit juice
    • Red lentils

Clothing urgently needed

High Priority

  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Bivvy bags
  • Rucksacks and travel bags
  • Waterproof walking boots with high ankle sizes 38 – 45. sizes 42/43 most needed
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Mens warm waterproof coats
  • Mens woolen hats, gloves and scarves
  • Mens (new) boxer shorts small and medium, tight fit only
  • Men’s jogging bottoms or jeans size 28-34 waist
  • Hoodies & jumpers Small & Medium
  • small Tarpaulins


Still needed

  • Mens T-shirts
  • Unlocked mobile phones with chargers
  • Mobile phone external batteries
  • Toiletries and toiletry packs (wet wipes, not soap or shower gel)
  • Rollmats
  • Wind-up torches and lanterns

Bivvy bags (available from our Amazon Wishlist)

Camping mats, sleeping bags, thick blankets

Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns

Following items ideally coming together as a Hygiene bag in a waterproof sealable bag:

Toilet rolls, wet wipes, deodorant, baby wipes, shampoo, razors moisturiser, shaving cream,  tissues,  Anti-bacterial products, quick dry towels, First aid kits, small plastic bowls (for small laundry), cold and flu remedies, small plastic bags.