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Epping Forest Boxes of hope

Red Balloon Foundation are committed to supporting families who are experiencing hardship due to the current cost of living crisis. We are delighted to be working with Essex County Council via the Essex Association of Local Councils to be offering special 'Boxes of Hope' to be delivered direct to the doors of families living within the District of Epping Forest.

If you are interested in RBF working with your church or other organisation to develop a BalloonBox selection specific to your geographical area or specific network of supported families, or would like to commission RBF to deliver boxes to families connected to your chuch/organisation please contact

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How does box of hope epping forest work?

How do i get a box of hope?

Boxes of Hope are available to families who are experiencing financial hardship due to the cost of living crisis.


The hardship might be a result of reduced income due to having working hours cuts, job losses, bereavement/illness, family breakdown, rising utility bills or many other reasons.

If you are not experiencing hardship but would still like to receive a box (or if you live outside Epping Forest), they are available to purchase - just contact with your request and we would be happy to help. 

How do i show i've been financially affected by THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS?

We understand that there is no 'one size fits all' criteria as the current crisis has affected every family differently. When you order your box, you will be asked to either provide copies of document(s) relating to your current situation or, where you do not have anything in writing, to briefly 'tell us your story' on the order form just so we can ensure the boxes reach those most in need.

HOW CAN I support box of hope?

If you would like make a donation to ensure more families can receive boxes, click here to make to a gift to RBF.


Please tick the box to add Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer and also tick to say you are happy for your details to be shared with RBF so we can ensure your donation reaches exactly the part of Epping Forest Boxes of Hope that you want it to.​

If you would like to volunteer with helping to pack or deliver the boxes, we would love to hear from you! Drop us an email at and we look forward to welcoming you to our team!


Boxes of Hope will be supplied to families over a four week period through February 2023. If your application is accepted you will receive:

  • A "Keep Warm" Kit consisting of blankets, hat, scarf, gloves and hot water bottles

  • A slow cooker

  • A weekly groceries package every week for four weeks containing staple foods, toiletries and/or cleaning products

Perfect for families for whom affording the weekly shop at the moment is a challenge because of how the cost of living crisis has affected them.


If you would like to apply to receive a Box of Hope through February 2023 or refer someone else to and you live in Epping Forest, click here.

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