London’s biggest annual winter coat drive is back for its sixth year, collecting used outerwear for those who need it during the colder months.
Wrap Up London, organised by charity Hands On London, allows members of the public to donate unwanted coats at tube stations across the capital.
The charity hase pledged to collect 15,000 coats and will distribute them at homeless shelters, refugee centres, elderly organisations, women’s refuges and children’s centres.
”More than 8,000 people have slept rough on London’s streets throughout 2015 and 2016, and many thousands more continue to live in crisis,” Hands On London CEO Jon Meech said of the reasons for starting the campaign.
“The winter months can be the toughest for vulnerable people across the city, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
“Wrap Up London shows the power Londoners have when they come together as a community with a simple act of kindness.”
Wrap Up London will run at selected London Underground stations on Monday 7, Tuesday 8, and Wednesday 9 November.
Coats can be dropped off to the charity’s volunteers between the hours of 7 to 11am at Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo, Canary Wharf, Highbury & Islington and Euston.
The public are also able to drop off their coats at ‘Safe Stores’ at Clapham North, Kings Cross and Notting Hill stations until Friday 18 November.
No coat going spare? You can also donate a ‘virtual coat’ by texting HLDN14 followed by your donation amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.
It costs as little as £3 for the charity to collect and distribute a warm coat to someone who needs it.
For more information, visit wrapuplondon.org.uk.