K2 Space is proud to support Wrap Up London 2016 who aim to collect 15,000 unwanted, old and used coats from members of the public to distribute directly to those most likely to struggle to keep warm during the winter months (see other years here –2013, 2015, 2014, 2016)
London’s biggest annual winter coat drive is back. Now in its sixth year, Wrap Up London – brought to you by Hands On London (registered charity 1140291) and William Blair, returns with a pledge to collect 15,000 unwanted, old and used coats from members of the public to distribute directly to those most likely to struggle to keep warm during the winter months via homeless shelters, refugee centres, elderly organisations, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities.
Speaking about the campaign, Jon Meech Hands On London CEO said;
“Most of us have an old coat at the back of our wardrobe that we no longer want or need. Often it’s gathering dust, and we don’t know what to do with it. That’s where Wrap Up London comes in handy.
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. This is a trend that doesn’t look like it’s going to reverse anytime soon. 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 that Londoners have when they come together as a community with a simple act of kindness that not only saves the lives of vulnerable people but helps to rebuild them. This is a chance for Londoners to give their old coats new life.”
Coat collections are run entirely by volunteers based at London Underground stations. Seasoned volunteer and Hands On London founder, Elizabeth Grier said;
“We’ve been honoured over the years to meet such kind, generous Londoners who want to do all they can to help the city’s most vulnerable people. We’ve seen Londoners bringing whole suitcases full of old coats, and commuters taking the coats straight off their backs.
There are so many ways for people to get involved, from dropping your coat off at a London Underground station to making use of one of the 250 free parcel labels kindly donated by CollectPlus. I can’t wait to see the variety of different coats that come in and will go directly to people who really need them.”
Wrap Up London this year runs between 7 – 18 November, with an extra special plea for men’s coats that are traditionally in higher demand. Members of the public should visit the Wrap Up London website for more details on how to donate.