Got an old coat you no longer use? London's annual charity coat collection returns this November — though unsurprisingly, it's looking different this year.
The Wrap Up London campaign's in its tenth year now: a decade of making it easy for Londoners to donate coats to those in need during the winter, by holding collections at tube stations.
It's still running despite lockdown, and is Covid-19 safe and in line with relevant rules — and it's arguably more important than ever, given the number of people driven into poverty by the pandemic.
Dates this year are
Monday, 9 November to Saturday, 14 November — not all collection points will be open on each date, so check the map ahead of going.
Places they will be collecting from include
The Broadgate entrance of Liverpool Street station - 11, 12, 18, 19 November - 10.30 am - 2 pm.
Safestore Self Storage locations in Clapham North, Chiswick, New Cross, Wandsworth, Wimbledon and more.
You can donate
Winter coats, ideally heavy ones. Lighter coats would also be welcomed, for use as an extra layer. No sleeping bags or other items are being collected.
After the collection
The coats are taken to storage spaces across London, where they're sorted and distributed to charities and community organisations across London, prioritising ones which provide frontline services to the homeless, elderly, refugees, children and families in poverty and people escaping domestic violence. The coats are intended to be delivered to people, rather than charity shops.
The aim is also that the initial collection of a coat from a partner charity or community organisation will act as a gateway, allowing people in need of other support to create ongoing relationships with the organisations and charities best able to help them.
A date for your diary.— Wrap Up London (@WrapUpLondon) October 28, 2020
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Financial contributions to keep the campaign going are always welcome too.
Visit the Wrap Up London website for details.