This November sees WrapUp London, the annual coat collection created by charity Hands On London and sponsored by William Blair, enter its eighth year.
In 2017, generous Londoners donated over 20,000 coats via collections at tube stations, schools, places of worship and over 100 companies, which were redistributed to local community groups, supporting the homeless, refugees, the elderly and people fleeing domestic violence.
• WrapUp London 2018 runs from 12-14 November.
• Campaign hashtag: #WrapUpLondon. Follow them on Twitter @WrapUpLondon
How and where to donate
- The Broadgate Welcome Centre is collecting coats 12-14 November from 9am-5.30pm.
- Coats can be dropped off 12-14 November between the hours of 7 and 11am at the following tube stations: Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo and Canary Wharf.
- The QEII centre is collecting coats during office hours Monday to Friday 12-23 November.
- Coats can also be dropped off at Chiswick, Clapham North, Kings Cross, Notting Hill and Mitcham Safestores throughout the campaign (12-23 November).
- Coats can also be sent via CollectPlus.
About WrapUp London
Over 100 groups have benefited to date, while the WrapUp Family has grown to encompass Manchester (now in its third year), Birmingham and Glasgow, where Hands On London is working in partnership with charity Human Appeal. Newport and Lancashire are coming on board for 2018, with Hands On London working in association with Pride in Pill and the Rotary Club respectively.
“Each year, the crisis in our cities increases,” said Hands On London CEO Jon Meech. “Recent research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism showed that at least 449 homeless people have died in the UK over the past 12 months – more than one a day. And this figure is likely to be a substantial underestimate as no official organisation counts homeless deaths in Britain. We have a huge demand for coats, especially for men.”
“However, this is not just about those sleeping on our streets at night; the crisis is closer to us than we think.” Meech continued. “We received requests last year for more children’s coats as in some areas there are children going to school in the winter months wearing just a shirt or jumper. These children should have something as basic as a coat.”
In fact, WrapUp London is one of London’s most successful volunteer-led campaigns, with a record number of over 1,000 wonderful volunteers supporting it in 2017.
Last year saw London statues dressed in coats and scarves as part of the awareness drive. The campaign had such an impact in London that this year residents in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newport will also see their most exposed residents, each city’s iconic statues, wrapped up against the cold.
The WrapUp London campaign runs from 12-14 November. For more details on where to drop an unwanted coat, please visit wrapuplondon.org.uk