The clocks have gone back, the evenings are getting darker and colder, the blankets have come out along with the warm pyjamas, and although it’s only autumn it’s beginning to feel like winter is setting in. It’s hard to imagine not having these luxuries let alone a roof over your head, but that’s the reality for many people living on the streets.
Last year it was estimated that between 4,000 – 5,000 people were sleeping on the streets in the UK which was a 4% rise on the previous year. With temperatures predicted to drop to as low as 3 degrees overnight this week now is the perfect time to help.
For the 9th year in a row Wrap Up London are running their coat collection scheme where they collect people’s old coats and send them to charities who distribute them to the homeless, the elderly, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence.
Not sure if your old coat is right? It doesn’t matter the gender, size or style of your coat as long as it’s in a good condition and warm. An added bonus to donating your coat is that it doesn’t end up in landfill and instead makes its way to someone in need.
You can donate your coat in London at any one of the following six tube stations: Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria, and Waterloo from 11th – 13th November. Coat collections will also take place in the Broadgate Centre, QUII Centre, and selected Safestore locations until 22nd November. For more details on the drop off points visit the Wrap Up London website.
If you live outside of London you can donate at various other locations across the UK. If you don’t have a spare coat or want to help further you can host your own collection or volunteer for a few hours over the next week or two. For more information or to donate towards the project just visit the Wrap Up London website.
Rally together your friends, family and colleagues to raid their wardrobes and get donating!
Lauren works for a public health charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan this year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.